Simultaneous Tolerance Synthesis for Manufacturing and Quality
Tolerance allocation affects product design, manufacturing, and quality. No existing technique has been found by the authors that takes product design, manufacturing, and quality into account simultaneously. This paper introduces a new concurrent engineering method for tolerance allocation. A nonlinear optimization model has been constructed to implement the method. The model minimizes the combination of quality loss and manufacturing cost simultaneously in a single objective function by setting both process tolerances and design tolerances simultaneously. The purpose of the model is to balance manufacturing cost and quality loss to achieve near-optimal design and process tolerances simultaneously for minimum combined manufacturing cost and quality loss over the life of the product. Compared to other models, this model shows significant improvements.
B. Ye and F.A. Salustri, Simultaneous Tolerance Synthesis for Manufacturing and Quality, Research in Engineering Design, 14:98-106, 2003. DOI 10.1007/s00163-003-0029-1