Design for Assembly Factors for Large and Heavy Parts

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J. H. Wong

Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR

R. H. Sturges

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

J. Mech. Des 116(2), 508-510 (Jun 01, 1994) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919408 History: Received June 01, 1991; Revised December 01, 1992; Online June 02, 2008


Traditional Design for Assembly methods are limited to part sizes between a few millimeters to a few tens of centimeters in overall size and to part weights under a few kilograms. Parts in the range of a meter in overall size and weighing a few tens of kilograms are examined in this paper. An experimental plan separates weight, mass, and inertia and correlates these properties with assembly difficulty and time. When windage, part flexibility, and operator fatigue are absent, a set of three parameters serve to model these effects on human assembly performance. Adaptation of this result is made to extend a Design for Assembly methodology.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Design
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