Design of a fully automated robotic spot-welding line

M. Selim Akturk*, Adnan Tula, Hakan Gultekin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The mixed model assembly line design problem includes allocating operations to the stations in the robotic cell and satisfying the demand and cycle time within a desired interval for each model to be produced. We also ensure that assignability, precedence and tool life constraints are met. Each pair of spot welding tools can process a certain number of welds and must be replaced at the end of tool life. Tool replacement decisions not only affect the tooling cost, but also the production rate. Therefore, we determine the number of stations and allocate the operations into the stations in such a way that tool change periods coincide with the unavailability periods to eliminate tool change related line stoppages in a mixed model fully automated robotic assembly line. We provide a mathematical formulation of the problem, and propose a heuristic algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICINCO 2011 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics
Pages387-392
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event8th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, ICINCO 2011 - Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 28 2011Jul 31 2011

Publication series

NameICINCO 2011 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics
Volume2

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, ICINCO 2011
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityNoordwijkerhout
Period7/28/117/31/11

Keywords

  • Automobile industry
  • Line balancing
  • Robotic assembly line

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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