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A Decision-Support Methodology to design Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems

Maksane, A.R. (2019) A Decision-Support Methodology to design Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems.

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Abstract:A Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (RMS) is a system which is designed around a product part family, allowing rapid changes in its architecture by utilising reusable hardware and software resources, allowing the system to reconfigure itself subjective to the changing functionality and capacity requirements. As far as the literature is provided on this concept, no work has been presented on presenting a systematic design methodology to design and reconfigure a RMS. Concerning these issues, an effective and efficient methodology with decision support tools is developed. A Life Cycle Economic Analysis methodology is developed to justify the choice of investment in RMS with respect to other manufacturing systems. Subsequently, a reconfiguration process incorporating the design and reconfiguration aspects at the production system level, i.e. system and machine level, plant layout system and material handling system level and incorporating operations management such as defining the products and grouping them in families and assigning operations in the RMS is developed. Based on these two methodologies developed, a Life Cycle Economic Analysis Model (LCEAM) and Reconfigurable Manufacturing System Design Model (RMSM) is developed. The models developed are validated considering an industrial case study. The case study considered is a machining of an automotive cylinder head family and power transmission case family.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Mechanical Engineering MSc (60439)
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