Simultaneous analysis and design based optimization for paper path and timing design of a high-volume printer

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Abstract

The design of a high-volume printer for professional use is rather complex. The design of the paper path and the timing of sheets is frequently reengineered as the design of the printer components progresses. This paper presents an optimization model for the combined paper path and timing design problem. The paper path is an optimal physical dimensioning problem, while the timing is an open-loop optimal control problem. The coupled optimization problem is formulated as a simultaneous analysis and design (SAND) problem using a direct transcription of the optimal control problem. Benefits of the chosen formulation for industrial application are the ease of setting up the optimization model for arbitrary printer configurations, and the short computation times. Results of an industrial case are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalMechatronics
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Model
  • Optimization
  • Paper path
  • Printer
  • SAND

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