Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 12-31-1991

Degree Name

Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering - (M.S.)


Manufacturing Engineering Division

First Advisor

R. S. Sodhi

Second Advisor

Nouri Levy

Third Advisor

Steve Kotefski


A Design for Assembly (DSA) method is used to analyze the safety water shower assembly and to redesign the components with emphasis on meeting the criteria of allowing for flexible Assembly Cell (FAS). An Expert System is developed to select the right Assembly using VP-Expert. This thesis contrasts the old and new safety water shower assembly designs and describes the design of a final Flexible Assembly Cell. A PUMA 550 robot was investigated for use in the cell design. The flexible Assembly cell is simulated on silicon graphics using the IGRIP software. The economics of each part presentation method is considered. Flexible assembly cell has the advantage of high reliability, faster cycle time, low operating cost in the long run relative to the manual assembly process.

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Manufacturing Commons