Convertibility Evaluation of Automated Assembly System Designs for High Variety Production

Kaniappan Chinnathai, M., Chinnathai, M.K., Alkan, B. and Harrison, R. 2017. Convertibility Evaluation of Automated Assembly System Designs for High Variety Production. 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems. Taichung City, Taiwan 03 - 05 May 2017 Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2017.01.005

TitleConvertibility Evaluation of Automated Assembly System Designs for High Variety Production
AuthorsKaniappan Chinnathai, M., Chinnathai, M.K., Alkan, B. and Harrison, R.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

The recent advancements in technology and the high volatility in automotive market compel industries to design their production systems to offer the required product variety. Although, paradigms such as reconfigurable modular designs, changeable manufacturing, holonic and agent based systems are widely discussed to satisfy the need for product variety management, it is essential to practically assess the initial design at a finer level of granularity, so that those designs deemed to lack necessary features can be flagged and optimised. In this research, convertibility expresses the ability of a system to change to accommodate product variety. The objective of this research is to evaluate the system design and quantify its responsiveness to change for product variety. To achieve this, automated assembly systems are decomposed into their constituent components followed by an evaluation of their contribution to the system's ability to change. In a similar manner, the system layout is analysed and the measures are expressed as a function of the layout and equipment convertibility. The results emphasize the issues with the considered layout configuration and system equipment. The proposed approach is demonstrated through the conceptual design of battery module assembly system, and the benefits of the model are elucidated.

Year2017
Conference50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems
PublisherElsevier
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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Open (open metadata and files)
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Published2017
JournalProcedia CIRP
Journal citation60, pp. 74-79
ISSN2212-8271
Book titleComplex Systems Engineering and Development Proceedings of the 27th CIRP Design Conference Cranfield University, UK 10th – 12th May 2017
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2017.01.005
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