A study on an effective assembly sequences generation method using constraints - An approach focusing on generating intermediate products

Osamu Ichikizaki, Hiroto Kikuchi, Satoshi Takagi, Atsuko Ikegami, Shinji Shinoda

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In recent years, there is a need to reduce the preparation period for production, and setting up an optimal assembly sequence has become more important at assembly plants. Actually, however, some feasible sequences are decided by experienced engineers, who utilize their skills and experiences in the decision-making process in many cases. This paper focuses on intermediate products assembled in assembling processes, and firstly devises a method to generate these intermediate products, using the Position Relations Matrix proposed in previous research. This paper then proposes an intermediate products generation method including three types of constraints (intermediate product constraint, consecution constraint, and precedence constraint) for a product consisting of many parts. The proposed method is finally applied to two products with 22 parts and 55 parts, respectively, and the effectiveness is verified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Japan Industrial Management Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1



  • 3DCAD
  • Assembly sequence
  • Constraint
  • Pre-production process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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