Title

Classification and Methodologies for Orientation and Stacking of Parts Based on Internal Features

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1998

Abstract

Methods for orientation and stacking of parts have been mostly based on the parts' external features. There are a number of parts that need to be oriented and stacked based on internal features, either because internal features are of primary importance or because of a lack of appropriate external features. Issues concerning the orientation and stacking of parts based on their internal features are investigated, and two-dimensional (flat) parts are classified into groups based on both internal and external features. Fundamental methodologies are developed for orienting and stacking of parts based on internal features, and experimental verification is performed for many cases. Results indicate that parts can be oriented efficiently and at high speeds. The key variables that play an important role in the process are identified and investigated further. In addition, it can be concluded from these experiments that in many cases, the widely accepted rule that orientational position of parts should be preserved does not necessarily hold.

Publication Title

Journal of Manufacturing Systems

Volume

17

Issue

6

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