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Automated Microassembly Sequence Planning With Sub-Assemblies

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Joseph Seymour, David J. Cappelleri

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. DETC2016-59736, pp. V004T08A018; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 21st Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 10th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5014-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Assembly sequence planning is an engineering problem that has been of great interest in the manufacturing field at the macro-scale. As more complex assemblies are desired at the micro and nano scales it is no longer feasible for human beings to plan and execute the production of these systems. A promising algorithm that allows optimization of assembly sequence plans that has been developed is called the Breakout Local Search. One drawback of this algorithm is its inability to consider the need for intermediate sub-assemblies to generate feasible solutions. Here an expansion to the BLS algorithm, called the Sub Assembly Generating BLS (SABLS) algorithm, is proposed. The fitness function of this new algorithm is also tailored to the specific constraints and motion primitives for a micromanipulation test-bed allowing for its use in microassembly applications. It is shown that the proposed algorithm is capable of generating optimized solutions that can be assembled with this limited degree of freedom system.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Microassembling



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