An Integrated Approach to Optimal Three Dimensional Layout and Routing

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S. Szykman

Engineering Design Laboratory, Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building 304, Room 6, Gaithersburg, MD 20899

J. Cagan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

P. Weisser

United Technologies Research Center, Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06108

J. Mech. Des 120(3), 510-512 (Sep 01, 1998) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829180 History: Received October 01, 1996; Online December 11, 2007


This paper integrates simulated annealing-based component packing, layout and routing algorithms into a concurrent approach to product layout optimization. The design of a heat pump is presented to compare the integrated method to the previous sequential layout-then-route approach; results show a substantial improvement in route design with more organized component placements. The example is given in detail to provide a test case for future research in this area.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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