Robust Tolerance Design for Quality

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A. Kusiak

Department of Industrial Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1527

Chang-Xue Feng

Hintz Manufacturing Technology, Laboratory, Penn State Berks Campus, Reading, PA 19610-6009

J. Eng. Ind 118(1), 166-169 (Feb 01, 1996) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2803639 History: Received December 01, 1993; Revised December 01, 1994; Online January 17, 2008


Design of a product (process) includes system design, parameter design, and tolerance design. Robust design is closely applicable to parameter design and tolerance design. The current literature on robust design has focused on parameter design while the problem of tolerance design has not been adequately covered. The tolerance design literature emphasizes the use of optimization to minimize cost while little attention has been paid to minimizing the sensitivity of tolerances to the variation of manufacturing processes. This paper discusses the application of the design of experiments (DOE) approach to tolerance synthesis to minimize manufacturing variations in a probabilistic case. The DOE approach is illustrated with an example.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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