Title: Computer-aided generation of fixture configuration design using polychromatic sets

Authors: P. Ji, Francis K.H. Lau, Lili Jiang, Min Li, Zhongbin Li

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. ' CIMS Research Center, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China. ' CIMS Research Center, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

Abstract: This paper presents a new approach to the generation of fixture configuration design in manufacturing. First of all, the concept of polychromatic sets is introduced. Then the polychromatic set approach to the generation of fixture configuration design is proposed. This approach first identifies the relationship between fixture elements and then derives a contour matrix and its corresponding Boolean matrix. Furthermore, feasible paths and final alternatives to the fixture configuration design are found using the theory of polychromatic sets. A fixture configuration design example is used to illustrate the approach.

Keywords: polychromatic sets; fixture configuration; configuration design; computer aided fixture design; fixturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.014562

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.28 No.4, pp.289 - 294

Published online: 16 Jul 2007 *

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