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A survey on data-driven process monitoring and diagnostic methods for variation reduction in multi-station assembly systems

Yinhua Liu (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China)
Rui Sun (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China)
Sun Jin (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, State Key Laboratory of Mechanical System and Vibration, Shanghai, China)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 25 July 2019

Issue publication date: 3 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Driven by the development in sensing techniques and information and communications technology, and their applications in the manufacturing system, data-driven quality control methods play an essential role in the quality improvement of assembly products. This paper aims to review the development of data-driven modeling methods for process monitoring and fault diagnosis in multi-station assembly systems. Furthermore, the authors discuss the applications of the methods proposed and present suggestions for future studies in data mining for quality control in product assembly.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper provides an outline of data-driven process monitoring and fault diagnosis methods for reduction in variation. The development of statistical process monitoring techniques and diagnosis methods, such as pattern matching, estimation-based analysis and artificial intelligence-based diagnostics, is introduced.

Findings

A classification structure for data-driven process control techniques and the limitations of their applications in multi-station assembly processes are discussed. From the perspective of the engineering requirements of real, dynamic, nonlinear and uncertain assembly systems, future trends in sensing system location, data mining and data fusion techniques for variation reduction are suggested.

Originality/value

This paper reveals the development of process monitoring and fault diagnosis techniques, and their applications in variation reduction in multi-station assembly.

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Citation

Liu, Y., Sun, R. and Jin, S. (2019), "A survey on data-driven process monitoring and diagnostic methods for variation reduction in multi-station assembly systems", Assembly Automation, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 727-739. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-10-2018-0174

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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