A new method for evaluating the robustness of compliant assembly systems is developed based on previously developed variation simulation models. This method can be used for selecting a robust assembly system at product/process development stage. Examples are presented to illustrate the proposed method.

1.
Cai
,
W.
,
Hu
,
S. J.
, and
Yuan
,
J. X.
,
1996
, “
Deformable Sheet Metal Fixturing: Principles, Algorithms, and Simulations
,”
ASME J. Manuf. Sci. Eng.
,
118
(
3
), pp.
318
324
.
2.
Hu, S. J., Stecke, K. E., and Webbink, R. F., 2000,“Analysis of Various Assembly System Configurations with Respect to Quality and Productivity,” Working Paper, University of Michigan Business School.
3.
Taguchi, G., 1986, Introduction to Quality Engineering, Asian Productivity Organization, American Supplier Institute, Inc., Dearborn, Michigan.
4.
Ting
,
K.
, and
Long
,
Y.
,
1996
, “
Performance Quality and Tolerance Sensitivity of Mechanisms
,”
ASME J. Mech. Des.
,
118
, March, pp.
144
150
.
5.
Greenwood
,
W. H.
, and
Chase
,
K. W.
,
1988
, “
Design Issues in Mechanical Tolerance Analysis
,”
ASME Manufacturing Review
,
1
, pp.
50
59
.
6.
Chase
,
K. W.
, and
Parkinson
,
A. R.
,
1991
, “
A Survey of Research in the Application of Tolerance Analysis to the Design of Mechanical Assemblies
,”
Res. Eng. Des.
3
(
1
), pp.
23
37
.
7.
Lee
,
W. J.
, and
Woo
,
T. C.
,
1990
, “
Tolerances: Their Analysis and Synthesis
,”
ASME J. Eng. Ind.
,
112
, May, pp.
113
121
.
8.
Takezawa
,
N.
,
1980
, “
An Improved Method for Establishing the Process-Wise Quality Standard
,”
Rep. Stat. Appl. Res., JUSE
,
27
(
3
), pp.
63
75
.
9.
Liu
,
S. C.
,
Hu
,
S. J.
, and
Woo
,
T. C.
,
1996
, “
Tolerance Analysis for Sheet Metal Assemblies
,”
ASME J. Mech. Des.
,
118
, pp.
368
374
.
10.
Liu
,
S. C.
, and
Hu
,
S. J.
,
1997
, “
Variation Simulation for Deformable Sheet Metal Assemblies Using Finite Element Methods
,”
ASME J. Manuf. Sci. Eng.
,
119
, pp.
368
374
.
11.
Long, Y., and Hu, S. J., 1998, “A Unified Model for Variation Simulation of Sheet Metal Assemblies,” Geometric Design Tolerancing: Theories, Standards and Applications, Dr. Hoda A. ElMaraghy, ed., Chapman & Hall, pp. 208–219.
12.
Hu
,
S. J.
,
1997
, “
Stream-of-Variation Theory for Automotive Body Assemblies
,”
CIRP Ann.
,
46
(
1
), pp.
1
6
.
13.
Strang, G., 1988, Linear Algebra and Its Applications, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 3rd ed.
You do not currently have access to this content.