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Proceedings of CAD'17, 2017, 181-185
A Method for the Cost Optimization of Industrial Electrical Routings

Vincenzo Castorani, Paolo Cicconi, Michele Germani, Marco Mandolini, Alessio Vita, Università Politecnica delle Marche

Abstract. The cost reduction is one of the most spread strategy adopted by companies for guaranteeing profits in a competitive market. The most important player who can reduce costs is the designer since he/she is responsible of about 80% of the manufacturing and assembly cost. The cost optimization is the process through that designer can reduce the cost without changing the product functionalities. Cost optimization is a general method that can be applied to different kind of products. The paper focuses on industrial electrical routings generally used for complex products (e.g. power plants, refineries). The routing optimization is an important step toward the cost optimization of an electric cable harness. In such a field, the literature contains several research works presenting solutions for this aim. A group of approaches deals with the cable routing problem for the cost minimization, by using a heuristic method. Another group of works presents streamlined approaches (e.g. genetic algorithms) for the cable routing optimization for bulk cable harness. The first kind of approaches consider the cost but cannot be easily used for industrial electrical routings made by thousand cables.

Keywords. Cost optimization, electric cable harness, cable routing, oil and gas

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2017.180-185