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A method for generating a candidate assembly system layout for an assembled product includes inputting a bill of materials including a list of components for the assembled product and determining a plurality of assembly patterns for the assembled product including a plurality of intermediate assemblies and sub-assemblies. A basic task layout is determined that includes assembly tasks for assembling the assembled product based upon a selected one of the assembly patterns. A whole task layout is determined based upon the basic task layout for the selected assembly pattern. Candidate assembly machines are selected for the whole task layout, and zoning constraints are identified for the candidate assembly machines related to assembly tasks. A candidate assembly system layout is generated based upon the whole task layout, the selected candidate assembly machines and the zoning constraints, from which a simulation model of a candidate assembly system is generated.
Lin, Yhu-Tin (Rochester Hills, MI), Turner, III, Raymond D. (Canadensis, PA), Abell, Jeffrey A. (Rochester Hills, MI), Casoli, Daniel J. (Howell, MI), Meehan, Patrick J. (Ann Arbor, MI), Hu, Shixin (Ann Arbor, MI), Wang, Hui (Tallahassee, FL), Yang, Sheng (Ann Arbor, MI), Kuang, Heng (Ann Arbor, MI)
The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor MI), GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (Detroit MI)
14/ 735,647
June 10, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under DE-EE-0002217, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.