InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 8 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM II - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2015
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleDesign for Verification in the Context of the Light Controlled Factory
Primary AuthorPaul Maropoulos, University of Bath
Other Author(s) Andrew Francis; Jody Muelaner
Pages 538 - 551
Article ID sdm15-080
Publication Date 01-May-16
Abstract“Design for Verification” is a novel DFX philosophy that considers the holistic verification aspects of complex, high value products throughout their life cycle that directly influence rules for assembly, integration and production processes as well as the end product functionality and experience. In this paper, the design for verification is placed in the context of the Light Controlled Factory, an innovative concept that denotes future factories with distributed and embedded metrology for verification as well as metrology-enabled manufacturing and assembly. Design for verification research and practice for complex high-value manufacturing has been lacking due to the inherent knowledge gap between design and production within large scale industries. Increasing product complexity and the rapid evolution of engineering knowledge has created a necessity for high fidelity products manufactured using adaptable and reconfigurable manufacturing systems for ensuring competitive costs and the implementation of state of the art technologies. This evidently places heavy emphasis upon real time metrological verification for both manufacturing and assembly systems as well as the product itself. This paper reviews the standard definitions of verification and the design for X concept within the holistic engineering design process to reveal the necessity for design for verification and then progresses to provide a coherent analysis and classification of these activities from preliminary design, to design in the digital domain and the physical verification of products and processes within the context of the Light Controlled Factory. The scope of the paper includes aspects of system design and demonstrates how complex products are verified in the context of their production and assembly processes.

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