Title: An expert system for selection of process parameters and strip-layout design for production of deep drawn sheet metal parts

Authors: Vishal Naranje; Shailendra Kumar

Addresses: Department of Technology, University of Pune, Pune-411007, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, S.V. National Institute of Technology, Surat-395007, India

Abstract: The selection of process parameters and strip-layout design are important activities in sheet metal industries for production of deep drawn sheet metal parts. Traditionally, these are manual, tedious, time consuming and highly experience-based tasks. In the present work, an expert system (ES) is developed for automation of these activities for production of sheet metal parts on progressive deep drawing die. Production rule-based approach is used for constructing system modules. The proposed system automates the selection of appropriate values of process parameters and design of strip-layout for production of deep drawn parts on progressive deep drawing die. The system is also capable to model blank layout and strip-layout automatically in the drawing editor of AutoCAD. The system has been tested successfully for wide variety of industrial deep drawn parts. The system can be easily implemented on a PC having AutoCAD software; therefore it has low cost of implementation.

Keywords: expert systems; process parameters; strip layout design; progressive deep drawing; deep drawing die; sheet metal industries; production rules; AutoCAD; deep drawn parts; modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIMS.2014.062432

International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services, 2014 Vol.3 No.3, pp.263 - 278

Received: 13 Apr 2013
Accepted: 26 Jun 2013

Published online: 05 Jun 2014 *

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