Dwell mechanisms have numerous applications in industry, especially for automation. Linkages are less expensive to manufacture and maintain and can be superior to cams at high speeds. Unfortunately, linkage-type dwell mechanisms are less popular due to lack of proper design tools. This paper describes the results of an effort to provide a tool to help overcome this technological barrier - MINN-DWELL. Design experience has been transformed into three simple computer-based design catalogs as pre-programmed building blocks to help design dwell linkages intelligently and efficiently. The resulting program, MINN-DWELL, embodies this new methodology and provides numerous graphics features. These features render MINN-DWELL an extremely flexible design tool, greatly reducing the design time. Using graphically-presented 'design catalogs' (building blocks), the user can also design four-bar mechanisms that generate approximate straight lines or symmetrical paths.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Computers in Engineering, Proceedings of the International Computers in Engineering Conference and|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1987|