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Design, simulation and experimental investigation of a novel reconfigurable assembly fixture for press brakes

Olabanji, Olayinka and Mpofu, Khumbulani and Battaïa, Olga Design, simulation and experimental investigation of a novel reconfigurable assembly fixture for press brakes. (2016) The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 82 (1). 663-679. ISSN 0268-3768

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00170-015-7341-6


A reconfigurable assembly fixture is a major and important component of a reconfigurable assembly system. It isrequired for the assembly of a variety of press brake models inorder to reduce the assembly time and overall production time.The stages and requirements for the design of an assembly fixtureand understanding of the assembly process for press brakemodels were used to design a reconfigurable assembly fixture.A detailed design analysis of parts of the fixture and the hydraulicsystem is considered and presented in this article. The stress anddisplacement analysis of the parts is executed using Solidworksexpress simulation. The parameters of the hydraulic componentswere determined from force requirements, and the hydraulic system was modelled physically using Matlab Simscape hydraulics.The response of the hydraulic system was obtained for eachactuator in the system in order to depict the output of the actuators from the spool displacement of the valves. Stress analysisconducted on parts of the fixture showed that it can withstandmaximum stresses that are lesser than the yield strength of thematerial used for the part. It was also established that synchronization of hydraulic actuators can best be achieved by the use of asine input to the electrohydraulic valve. An experimental investigation was done using FESTO hydraulic test bench in order toobserve the synchronized extension and retraction of the hydraulic actuators. The simulation of the hydraulic system, electricsystem and the programmable logic controller was prepared using automation studio. The design is envisaged to provide the industries with relevant information on accurate location and gripping of press brake frames rather than turning and repositioning of the frame in order to fit other parts during assembly. The article provides relevant information on the design analysis of a reconfigurable assembly fixture for press brakes which is novel because articles on reconfigurable assembly fixtures have not considered its application to press brake assembly.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Springer editor. The definitive version is available at http://link.springer.com/ The original PDF of the article can be found at Thermochimica Acta website : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00170-015-7341-6
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne - ENSMSE (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Tshwane University of Technology - TUT (SOUTH AFRICA)
Other partners > Université Blaise Pascal - UBP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut français de mécanique avancée - IFMA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université d'Auvergne - UDA (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:09 May 2016 09:24

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