Type of Document Dissertation Author Tester, John T. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-100799-164236 Title Reduction of Printed Circuit Card Placement Time Through the Implementation of Panelization Degree PhD Department Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Sullivan, William G. Committee Chair Ellis, Kimberly P. Committee Member Sarin, Subhash C. Committee Member Shewchuk, John P. Committee Member Sweeney, Dennis G. Committee Member Keywords
- design for manufacturing
- electronic assembly
- genetic algorithm
- component placement
Date of Defense 1999-08-19 Availability restricted AbstractDecreasing the cycle time of panels in the printed circuit card manufacturing process
has been a significant research topic over the past decade. The research objective in such
literature has been to reduce the placement machine cycle times by finding the optimal
placement sequences and component-feeder allocation for a given, fixed, panel component
layout for a given machine type. Until now, no research has been found which allows the
alteration of the panel configuration itself, when panelization is a part of that electronic
panel design. This research will be the first effort to incorporate panelization into the cycle
time reduction field. The PCB circuit design is not to be altered; rather, the panel design
(i.e., the arrangement of the PCB in the panel) is altered to reduce the panel assembly time.
Component placement problem models are developed for three types of machines: The
automated insertion machine (AIM), the pick-and-place (PAPM) machine, and the rotary
turret head machine (RTHM). Two solution procedures are developed which are based upon
a genetic algorithm (GA) approach. One procedure simultaneously produces solutions for
the best panel design and component placement sequence. The other procedure first selects
a best panel design based upon an estimation of its worth to the minimization problem.
Then that procedure uses a more traditional GA to solve for the component placement and
component type allocation problem for that panel design. Experiments were conducted to
discover situations where the consideration of panelization can make a significant difierence in
panel assembly times. It was shown that the PAPM scenario benefits most from panelization
and the RTHM the least, though all three machine types show improvements under certain
conditions established in the experiments.
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