Book review

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 18 April 2008


(2008), "Book review", Assembly Automation, Vol. 28 No. 2.



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Book review

Article Type: Book review From: Assembly Automation, Volume 28, Issue 2.

Precision Assembly Technologies for Mini and Micro Products

Svetan RatchevSpringer19 January 2006£98.50/$149.00pp. 348ISBN:

This book consists of papers presented in the International Precision Assembly Seminar (IPAS 2006). This third time organized seminar concentrates especially to precision assembly technologies for mini and micro products. Typically books like these, proceedings of the international seminars, give good overviews of the state- of-the-art in their specific areas. These kinds of books are not suitable for basic theory studies. The problem for books like this is that the time when they are relevant is relatively short, because researchers are continuing their works and they go on publishing newer results when they have something to report. One can even say that this book is old in many respects at the latest in February 2008 when 4th IPAS seminar will be organized.

Mini and micro assembly is a large field of technology including several aspects, which all are necessary and important. In this sense, structuring this book is challenging, but editors have managed very well. Articles are divided into six parts including, e.g. economic aspects of microassembly, and robot applications for precision assembly. Book also includes short preface, author index and a keyword index. The recommended price e136.96 (net price e128) could be too high for this book. Quality of the figures in the book is very poor and it is not acceptable for hard cover book whose price is in this level.

If high price is no problem, the book can be recommended in situation where somebody somehow knows that there was an interesting and important presentation about his or hers study or work field in IPAS 2006 seminar, and want to get more information about that. Secondly, in IPAS 2006 seminar many high valued research units presented their latest works. The book can be also recommended if somebody wants to get state-of-the-art information of this technology field.