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Title: Automated synthesis of modular fixture designs using an evolutionary search algorithm
Authors: Mervyn, F.
Kumar, A.S. 
Nee, A.Y.C. 
Keywords: Automated design
Evolutionary algorithm
Fixture design
Modular fixtures
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2005
Citation: Mervyn, F., Kumar, A.S., Nee, A.Y.C. (2005-12-01). Automated synthesis of modular fixture designs using an evolutionary search algorithm. International Journal of Production Research 43 (23) : 5047-5070. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Fixture design is a complex problem that requires a designer to ensure that a workpiece is located deterministically, totally restrained and sufficiently supported during a manufacturing process. The use of modular fixtures, while presenting an opportunity to improve the responsiveness of a manufacturing system, adds to the complexity of the fixture design problem. The complexity is a result of the large number of fixture elements in a modular fixture system and the constraints of specified locations in which fixture elements can be placed in a grid-based modular system. This paper presents an evolutionary search algorithm that aids a fixture designer by exploring the large number of possible fixture designs and suggesting an appropriate one. The algorithm can explore the large solution space using a flexible and generic representation and it considers fixture layout and fixture configuration constraints concurrently in arriving at appropriate solutions. The initial results of the algorithm are promising.
Source Title: International Journal of Production Research
ISSN: 00207543
DOI: 10.1080/00207540500160904
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