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Manufacturing Process Selection Handbook by J. D. Booker, K. G. Swift

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Chapter 10

Assembly Systems

10.1 Manual Assembly

Process Description

Manual assembly involves the composition of previously manufactured components and/or sub-assemblies into a complete product or unit of a product, primarily performed by human operators using their inherent dexterity, skill and judgment. The operator may be at a workstation (bench) or be part of a transfer system that moves the product as it is being assembled. Manual assembly can be further assisted by mechanised or automated systems for feeding, handling, fitting and checking operations (Figure 10.1).

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Figure 10.1 Common Manual Assembly System Configurations.

Process Variations ...

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