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Considering reconfigurability characteristics in production system design
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Mälardalen University, School of Innovation Design and Engineering.
2012 (English)In: Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual production (CARV2011), Montreal, Canada, 2-5 October 2011 / [ed] Hoda A. ElMaraghy, Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012, 57-62 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Production systems must be easy to change in different configurations in order to meet the demands of e.g. changing product volumes and product types. In order to meet the demands efficient support for design of reconfigurable production systems that is easy to apply in an industrial setting is needed. The problem is to get an understanding of how the production system design process can capture and support the design of reconfigurable production systems with technology, organization, and personnel under consideration. The objective of this paper is to describe and define reconfigurability and discuss how reconfigurability characteristics better can be considered in the production system design process. A literature review is made in order to describe the RMS design research and what is characterizing reconfigurability. A case study has also been carried out in order to analyze how the reconfigurability characteristics were considered in a production system design process. The case study motivate a structured and systematic way to consider reconfigurability in the production system design process. A tentative structure of a support to concider reconfigurability in the production system design process is presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012. 57-62 p.
Keyword [en]
Reconfigurability, Production system design, Mobility
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16256DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23860-4_9ISBN: 978-3-642-23859-8 (print)ISBN: 978-3-642-23860-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16256DiVA: diva2:446208
Conference
4th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual production (CARV2011), Montreal, Canada 2011
Available from: 2011-10-06 Created: 2011-10-06 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically 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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