A Model for Visualizing Mechanical Assembly Situations
In order to acquire and use expert knowledge about potential issues in an assembly, knowledge based systems are utilized. To automate the process of acquisition of assembly knowledge from experts and contextualize this knowledge, we use assembly situations in which the acquired knowledge applies. For the knowledge acquisition system to be able to locate where each piece of knowledge acquired from experts applies, an assembly situation is visualized in our work as a set of assembly states separated by the processes that change the states. The paper proposes an assembly situation model as a simple and flexible means of visualizing an assembly process, and explains how this visualization may be utilized in knowledge acquisition for In assemblies.