A Novel Methodology for Simultaneous Minimization of Manufacturing Objectives in Tolerance Allocation of Complex Assembly

Lenin Nagarajan, Siva Kumar Mahalingam, Sachin Salunkhe, Emad Abouel Nasr, Jõao Paulo Davim, Hussein M. A. Hussein
2021 Applied Sciences  
Tolerance cost and machining time play crucial roles while performing tolerance allocation in complex assemblies. The aim of the proposed work is to minimize the above-said manufacturing objectives for allocating optimum tolerance to the components of complex assemblies, by considering the proper process and machine selections from the given alternatives. A novel methodology that provides a two-step solution is developed for this work. First, a heuristic approach is applied to determine the
more » ... machine for each process, and then a combined whale optimization algorithm with a univariate search method is used to allocate optimum tolerances with the best process selection for each sub-stage/operation. The efficiency of the proposed novel methodology is validated by solving two typical tolerance allocation problems of complex assemblies: a wheel mounting assembly and a knuckle joint assembly. Compared with previous approaches, the proposed methodology showed a considerable reduction in tolerance cost and machining time in relatively less computation time.
doi:10.3390/app11199164 fatcat:c53j2w5ge5djbauvjta2msnpeu