The Application of IKBS in Design for Assembly and Surface Treatment Selection

  • K. G. Swift
  • A. Matthews
  • C. S. Syan
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The concept of Design for Economic Manufacture (DEM) encompasses the design process and the issues of manufacturing, planning and product costing. There have been many attempts to formalise the process of DEM, but none have been taken up widely. A major problem has been that few (if any) design engineers have the full breadth of knowledge needed for its implementation. Recent developments in information systems, the availability of considerable computing power at an ever falling cost and the increasing adoption of CAD/CAM systems in industry suggest that an effective computer based solution to the DEM problem may be within reach.

Design for Assembly and surface coating treatment selection are two important topics within the field of DEM. Work undertaken at Hull University has utilised IKBS principles to assist the engineering designer in these two fields.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. G. Swift
    • 1
  • A. Matthews
    • 1
  • C. S. Syan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering Design and ManufactureUniversity of HullHullUK

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