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dc.contributor.advisorZhang, W. J. (Chris)en_US
dc.creatorLi, Jingxinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-02-25T15:08:50Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:25:55Z
dc.date.available2005-02-28T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:25:55Z
dc.date.created2005-02en_US
dc.date.issued2005-02-24en_US
dc.date.submittedFebruary 2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-02252005-150850en_US
dc.description.abstractThe trend in today’s manufacturing industry is changing from mass production to mass customization. The companies which win the markets are those which can deliver highly customized products at the fastest rate and allow for life-cycle participation of customers regardless of where they are and when they participate. One of the strategies for implementing the mass customization paradigm is to implement the product development according to the assemble-to-order (ATO) pattern. Under the ATO pattern, the design of a product becomes the determination of a configuration which contains a set of pre-developed components – configuration design for short. The configuration design problem can be well treated as a constraint satisfaction problem (CSP). The mature methods are available for CSP, but there are several limitations with CSP for configuration design. This thesis proposes a novel approach to configuration design. This approach is based on a CSP but adds a wrapper (product data model, PDM for short) over the CSP model. Consequently, both the customer and the other life cycle development programs only communicate with the PDM, and a more intelligent and user-friendly computer system for configuration design can then be implemented. Both the conceptual design and implementation of such a wrapper are discussed in this thesis. A computer prototype system for elevator design is developed for demonstrating the effectiveness of this approach.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectIntegrationen_US
dc.subjectConstraint Optimizationen_US
dc.subjectMass Customizationen_US
dc.subjectSTOen_US
dc.subjectETOen_US
dc.subjectATOen_US
dc.subjectPDMen_US
dc.titleA novel approach to computer-aided configuration design based on constraint satisfaction paradigmen_US
thesis.degree.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVassileva, Julitaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberOguocha, Ikechukwuka N.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHabibi, Saeid R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChen, X. B. (Daniel)en_US


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