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Author Setchi, R.M. ♦ Lagos, N.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2004
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations ♦ Applied physics
Subject Keyword Robotic assembly ♦ Computer interfaces ♦ Computer aided manufacturing ♦ Computer applications ♦ Virtual manufacturing ♦ Flexible manufacturing systems ♦ Robotics and automation ♦ Delay ♦ Robots ♦ Manufacturing systems
Abstract This paper presents a state-of-the-art review of reconfigurability and reconfigurable manufacturing systems. Reconfigurability is defined as the ability to repeatedly change and rearrange the components of a system in a cost-effective way. This concept is illustrated through its application in computing, automated assembly and robotics. Then, the evolution of manufacturing, from dedicated to flexible manufacturing systems, is briefly discussed and the need for reconfigurable manufacturing systems is outlined. These are further studied by analysing their key features (modularity, integrability, customisation, convertibility, and diagnosability) and challenges (product variability, responsiveness, nonobsolescence, cost-effectiveness, reliability and simplicity). It is shown that there are common research issues in reconfigurable computing, robotics and manufacturing such as system-module-component interfaces, design methodologies, modularity, tools and toolsuites development, strategic analysis and business modelling, training, and support. Finally, the research priorities of the I*PROMS Network of Excellence in the area of reconfigurable manufacturing are outlined
Description Author affiliation: Manuf. Eng. Centre, Cardiff Univ. (Setchi, R.M.; Lagos, N.)
ISBN 0780385136
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2004-06-24
Publisher Place Germany
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 485.96 kB
Page Count 7
Starting Page 529
Ending Page 535


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library