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The concept of mobile manufacturing
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. (Produktionssystem)
Mälardalens Högskola. (IDP)
2007 (English)In: Journal of manufacturing systems, ISSN 0278-6125, Vol. 26, no 3-4, 188-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 

It is increasingly important to locate manufacturing activities close to the most relevant competence or the most interesting market. The possibility to easily and quickly move manufacturing capacity is thus becoming more important. Hence, the demand for mobile manufacturing has increased and requires solutions for a quick, rational, and economical reconfiguration of the production system. Within the research project Factory-in-a-Box, the concept of mobile manufacturing has been investigated through the development and implementation of five operative demonstrators. This paper will analyze the concept of mobile manufacturing by presenting the results from the Factory-in-a-Box research project and its demonstrator development. The objective is to clarify when mobile manufacturing capacity can be a proper solution to use as well as to discuss future possible industrial manufacturing applications. The results show that there is a large range of applications for the concept of mobile manufacturing and that two dimensions – the geographical distance and the organizational distance – can be used to classify the mobility within manufacturing systems.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Ltd , 2007. Vol. 26, no 3-4, 188-193 p.
Keyword [en]
manufacturing system, mobility, flexibility
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-8681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-8681DiVA: diva2:216252
Available from: 2009-05-07 Created: 2009-05-07 Last updated: 2013-01-21Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Supporting the design of reconfigurable production systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supporting the design of reconfigurable production systems
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

To compete, manufacturing companies need production systems that quickly can respond to changes. To handle change drivers such as volume variations or new product variants, reconfigurability is advocated as a competitive means. This implies an ability to add, remove, and/or rearrange the structure of the production system to be ready for future changes. Still, it is not clear how the production system design process can capture and support the de-sign of reconfigurable production systems. Therefore, the objective of this thesis is to increase the knowledge of how to support the design of reconfig-urable production systems. Reconfigurability could be defined by a number of reconfigurability char-acteristics including convertibility, scalability, automatibility, mobility, modularity, integrability, and diagnosability. In eight case studies, reconfigu-rability characteristics in production system design were studied in order to investigate reconfigurability needs, knowledge, and practice in manufactur-ing companies. In three of the case studies reconfigurable production sys-tems were studied to identify the links between change drivers and reconfig-urability characteristics. In the remaining five case studies, reconfigurability in the production system design processes was addressed in terms of needs, prerequisites, and consideration. Based on the literature review and the case studies, support for reconfigu-rable production system design is suggested including two parts. The first part comprises support for analyzing the need for reconfigurability. Based on relevant change drivers the need for reconfigurability must be identified to enable selection of right type and degree of reconfigurability for each specif-ic case of application. A comprehensive view of the reconfigurability charac-teristics is presented and links between change drivers and reconfigurability characteristics are described. The characteristics are divided into critical characteristics, that lead to a capacity or functionality change of the produc-tion system, and supporting characteristics, that reduce system reconfigura-tion time but do not necessarily lead to a modification of functionality or capacity of the production system. The second part provides support in how to consider reconfigurability in the production system design process. A holistic perspective is crucial to design reconfigurable production systems and therefore constituent parts of a production system are described. Accord-ing to their character physical, logical, and human reconfiguration must be considered through the whole production system design process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2012. 201 p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 130
Keyword
production system, production system design, development, reconfigurability
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20306 (URN)978-91-7485-079-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-10-11, Filen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21Bibliographically approved

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