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A Tool to Integrate Design for Assembly During Product Platform Design

[+] Author Affiliations
Amar Pandit, Zahed Siddique

University of Oklahoma

Paper No. IMECE2004-61315, pp. 31-40; 10 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Computers and Information in Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4704-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


To survive in the current market, many companies are moving toward design and development of product families using a platform approach. To effectively develop a family of products companies have to consider both component and assembly perspective. The assembly perspective has many issues associated with it for developing common platforms, which includes assemblability evaluation for the entire family. Application of Design for Assembly techniques to evaluate product family will require modifications to the current single product DFA method. The purpose of this paper is to extend the current DFA technique for product family and platform design. Specifically, we integrate the product family architecture with DFA evaluation. Product family concepts related to assembly are used to develop new product family DFA guidelines. A product family DFA tool that utilizes these extensions has been developed and is presented in the paper. The application of this product family DFA extensions and tool are illustrated using a Walkman product family.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Manufacturing , Design



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