Memoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University
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An Expert System for Reducing the Variety of Parts in Multi-item Production

Kajihara, Yasuhiro
Osaki, Hirokazu
Dong Rui
A method for reducing the variety of parts is proposed. The variety of parts in a product and the variety of parts among products are evaluated in consideration of some factors that influence the production cost. Rules are formulated for selecting parts which should be eliminated or whose designs should be changed to reduce these varieties. An expert system is developed based on this method for reducing the variety of parts.