Modeling automatic assembly and disassembly operations for virtual manufacturing

Swee M. Mok*, Chi Haur Wu, D. T. Lee

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A system for evaluating products in their design phase has been developed for virtual manufacturing. It is integrated into a CAD/CAM environment to calculate cost for assembling and disassembling parts. In our earlier work, a generic assembly and disassembly model was developed to represent operations required for product manufacturing and de-manufacturing. To be useful, the model requires a method for translating high-level instructions from product designers into low-level assembly and disassembly instructions. This paper presents a set of rules for accomplishing this task. The developed rules are used for manipulating strings representing parts and handlers in binary assembly and disassembly operations. A telephone assembly and disassembly simulation is used to illustrate the developed system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A:Systems and Humans.
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2001


  • Assembly
  • Design
  • Disassembly
  • Modeling
  • Virtual manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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