An overview of artificial intelligence in product design for smart manufacturing

Aphirakmethawong, Janjira and Yang, Erfu and Mehnen, Jörn (2022) An overview of artificial intelligence in product design for smart manufacturing. In: The 27th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing, 2022-09-01 - 2022-09-03, University of the West of England.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has received significant attention nearly from every part of the world because it is a critical technology approach to develop intelligent systems. The manufacturing sector is one part which exploits AI, especially in the product design stage towards smart manufacturing. The aim of this paper is to present an overview on how AI enhances the product design stage for smart manufacturing. First, the paper gives the overall understanding of smart manufacturing about its definition, importance, and characteristics. Then, it delivers a brief overview of product design and product design stages. The essential concepts of AI techniques as well as various AI applications in product design ranging from conceptual design, embodiment design and detail design are discussed. Finally, research challenges and future directions for using AI in product design are provided and discussed.