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International Journal of Manufacturing Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 596128, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/596128
Research Article

Enhancing Multistage Deep-Drawing and Ironing Manufacturing Processes of Axisymmetric Components: Analysis and Experimentation

1EXPAL Systems, Avenida Partenón 16, 28042 Madrid, Spain
2School of Industrial Engineering, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain
3School of Industrial Engineering, UNED, 28042 Madrid, Spain
4School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Received 7 February 2014; Accepted 4 May 2014; Published 29 May 2014

Academic Editor: Jean-Yves Hascoet

Copyright © 2014 F. Javier Ramírez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

An optimization technique for combined processes of deep-drawing and ironing has been created in order to improve the total process time and cost in manufacturing procedures of axisymmetric components. The initial solution is optimized by means of an algorithm that minimizes the total time of the global process, based on relationship between lengths, diameters, and velocities of each stage of a multistage process and subject to constraints related to the drawing ratio. The enhanced solution offers a significant reduction in time and cost of the global process. The final results, applied to three cases, are compared with experimental results, showing the accuracy of the complete solution.