Computer-Aided Mechanical Assembly Planning

  • Luiz S. Homem de Mello
  • Sukhan Lee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Luiz S. Homem de Mello, Sukhan Lee
      Pages 1-12
  3. Assembly Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Aristides A. G. Requicha, Timothy W. Whalen
      Pages 15-39
    3. Leila De Floriani, Amitava Maulik, George Nagy
      Pages 41-80
    4. Federico Thomas
      Pages 81-109
  4. Assembly Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Luiz S. Homem de Mello, Arthur C. Sanderson
      Pages 129-162
    3. Luiz S. Homem de Mello, Arthur C. Sanderson
      Pages 163-190
    4. Jean-Michel Henrioud, Alain Bourjault
      Pages 191-215
    5. Randall H. Wilson, Jean-François Rit
      Pages 217-241
    6. Randall H. Wilson
      Pages 243-262
    7. Jan D. Wolter
      Pages 263-288
    8. Thomas E. Abell, Guillaume P. Amblard, Daniel F. Baldwin, Thomas L. De Fazio, Man-Cheung Max Lui, Daniel E. Whitney
      Pages 383-435
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 437-446

About this book


Some twenty years have elapsed since the first attempts at planning were made by researchers in artificial intelligence. These early programs concentrated on the development of plans for the solution of puzzles or toy problems, like the rearrangement of stacks of blocks. These early programs provided the foundation for the work described in this book, the automatic generation of plans for industrial assembly. As one reads about the complex and sophisticated planners in the current gen­ eration, it is important to keep in mind that they are addressing real-world problems. Although these systems may become the "toy" systems of tomor­ row, they are providing a solid foundation for future, more general and more advanced planning tools. As demonstrated by the papers in this book, the field of computer-aided mechanical assembly planning is maturing. It now may include: • geometric descriptions of parts extracted from or compatible with CAD programs; • constraints related to part interference and the use of tools; • fixtures and jigs required for the assembly; • the nature of connectors, matings and other relations between parts; • number of turnovers required during the assembly; • handling and gripping requirements for various parts; • automatic identification of subassemblies. This is not an exhaustive list, but it serves to illustrate the complexity of some of the issues which are discussed in this book. Such issues must be considered in the design of the modern planners, as they produce desirable assembly sequences and precedence relations for assembly.


algorithms artificial intelligence complexity intelligence modeling optimization programming

Editors and affiliations

  • Luiz S. Homem de Mello
    • 1
  • Sukhan Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering SystemsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6806-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4038-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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