Planning of Component Placement/Insertion Sequence and Feeder Setup in PCB Assembly Using Genetic Algorithm

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M. C. Leu, H. Wong, Z. Ji

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Center for Manufacturing Systems, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102

J. Electron. Packag 115(4), 424-432 (Dec 01, 1993) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2909352 History: Received June 05, 1992; Revised August 20, 1993; Online April 28, 2008


A new application of the genetic algorithm approach is introduced to solve printed circuit board assembly planning problems. The developed genetic algorithm finds the sequence of component placement/insertion and the arrangement of feeders simultaneously, for achieving the shortest assembly time, for three main types of assembly machines. The algorithm uses links (parents) to represent possible solutions and it applies genetic operators to generate new links (offspring) in an iterative procedure to obtain nearly optimal solutions. Examples are provided to illustrate solutions generated by the algorithm.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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