Title: Modelling of flexible manufacturing systems

Authors: Sergey Egorov; Alexey Kapitanov; Vladimir Mitrofanov; Leonid Shvartsburg; Natalia Ivanova; Sergey Ryabov

Addresses: The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education 'Moscow State Technological University STANKIN', Vadkovskiy lane, 3A, 127055, Moscow, Russia ' The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education 'Moscow State Technological University STANKIN', Vadkovskiy lane, 3A, 127055, Moscow, Russia ' The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education 'Moscow State Technological University STANKIN', Vadkovskiy lane, 3A, 127055, Moscow, Russia ' The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education 'Moscow State Technological University STANKIN', Vadkovskiy lane, 3A, 127055, Moscow, Russia ' The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education 'Moscow State Technological University STANKIN', Vadkovskiy lane, 3A, 127055, Moscow, Russia ' The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education 'Moscow State Technological University STANKIN', Vadkovskiy lane, 3A, 127055, Moscow, Russia

Abstract: This paper describes an original approach to one of the key problems in modern mechanical engineering – modelling of modern manufacturing systems with regard to the choice of relevant model type. It is shown that in terms of systemology, all the existing models are divided into the imitating (replicating) and optimising ones, while manufacturing system design belongs to semi-structured issues. Therefore, at the macro-designing stage one should use optimising models, rather than the imitating ones. The study provides a broad definition of the technological process as a set of actions aimed at product manufacturing, designing the sequence of relevant steps. It defines production flexibility and adaptation of the manufacturing system to changing conditions. These solutions can be used in automation in manufacturing, computer aided design (CAD) and modelling (CAM), computer aided engineering analysis, flexible manufacturing systems, flexible automation and production engineering.

Keywords: manufacturing system; designing; macro-design; optimising models; systems analysis; decision making; flexible technology; automation; market; order.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2020.107306

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2020 Vol.34 No.3, pp.245 - 258

Received: 19 Oct 2015
Accepted: 26 May 2016

Published online: 13 Apr 2020 *

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