Design methodology for mass reduction of a mechanical product by extracting minimum structure

Shinichi Fukushige, Shingo Taniyama, Yasushi Umeda

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Abstract

Increasing productivity of resources is a major approach in the framework of sustainability in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry can reduce the consumption of resources and production of waste by applying more efficient design techniques. We focused on simplifying the structure of a product as the key method of design for environment. The removal of redundant components, by extracting the ideal simplified structure, decreases manufacturing costs and, at the same time, increases the resource productivity. We propose a methodology for product simplification that can be applied to general products and developed a product design support system by using information on the geometry and the connectivity of the product's components. A case study based on models of a vacuum cleaner and an inkjet printer showed the effectiveness of the methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Leading Edge Manufacturing in 21st Century, LEM 2007 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 2007 Nov 72007 Nov 9

Other

Other4th International Conference on Leading Edge Manufacturing in 21st Century, LEM 2007
CountryJapan
CityFukuoka
Period07/11/707/11/9

Keywords

  • Design methodology
  • Environmentally conscious design
  • Structure simplification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Fukushige, S., Taniyama, S., & Umeda, Y. (2007). Design methodology for mass reduction of a mechanical product by extracting minimum structure. Paper presented at 4th International Conference on Leading Edge Manufacturing in 21st Century, LEM 2007, Fukuoka, Japan.