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DEVELOPMENT OF ASSESSMENT CRITERIA FOR RECONFIGURABILITY IN A MANUFACTURING SYSTEM
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To survive in the global market the manufacturing companies need to meet the cus-tomer demands quickly and effectively. Therefore, lot of companies are striving to overcome the demand fluctuation and uncertainty. RMS is a concept which handles uncertainty easily by running the product mix and varying the level of volume accord-ing to the requirement. The reconfigurability level of manufacturing system is as-sessed by evaluating the criteria affecting the characteristics of the system.The characteristics of reconfigurability are scalability, customization, convertibility, modularity, integrability and diagnosability. A RMS achieves quick and cost effective changes through customization and convertibility, it handles volume variations through scalability. These characteristics are achieved with the help of modularity and integrability. A detailed assessment of a manufacturing system based on these charac-teristics will indicate its level of reconfigurability. Hence assessment of a manufactur-ing system for reconfigurability becomes necessary in the current turbulent market conditions.This research presents a method to assess the reconfigurability in a manufacturing system. The research is divided into two parts where, in the first part a qualitative as-sessment method is developed, and it is then tested in the second part. The study uses two research methods namely literature review and case study. Based on literature re-view assessment criteria for each characteristic of reconfigurability are listed and an assessment method is developed. The assessment method uses a radar chart to repre-sent the level of reconfigurability. This is supported with a case study where the de-veloped assessment method is tested and validated.

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2018. , p. 58
Keywords [en]
Reconfigurable manufacturing system, Reconfigurable assembly system, Reconfigu-rability characteristics, Radar scale, Assessment model.
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41417ISRN: JU-JTH-PRS-2-20180043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-41417DiVA, id: diva2:1247344
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Volvo Cars, Skövde
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JTH, Production Systems
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Available from: 2018-09-12 Created: 2018-09-11 Last updated: 2018-09-12Bibliographically approved

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