New fixture technologies, such as sensor-based fixtures, will significantly improve part quality through cutting-tool path compensations in multi-station machining processes (MMPs). Successful application of sensor-based fixtures depends on the development of new variation reduction methodologies to predict part quality in MMPs and detect the critical machining stations whose critical manufacturing variations can be estimated by installing a suitable sensor-based fixture. In this paper, a methodology is proposed to facilitate the implementation of sensor-based fixtures in MMPs. This methodology involves three key steps: (1) an identification of station-induced variations; (2) a sensor placement optimization method for designing sensor-based fixtures; and (3) a compensability analysis. A case study is conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the methodology.
- Sensor-based fixtures
- State space model
- Variation propagation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Computer Science Applications
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering