Title: The application of mechatronic design approach in a reconfigurable manufacturing environment

Authors: Bo Xing, Nkgatho S. Tlale, Glen Bright

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa. ' Modelling and Digital Science, Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa. ' School of Mechanical Enginnering, University of Kwazulu-natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract: Manufacturing companies are faced with the challenge of unpredictable, high frequency market changes in both local and international markets. Two types of conventional manufacturing system: dedicated manufacturing system (DMS) and flexible manufacturing system (FMS) do not longer meet the requirement of modern manufacturing. So there is a need for greater, more effective responsiveness by manufacturers to change in customer requirements by changing manufacturers| manufacturing capability and capacity. To fulfill this purpose, the concept of reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS) has been proposed. But according to the literature, there is no suitable methods available yet can be applied directly to reconfigurable manufacturing tools (RMTs) design for RMS. So in this paper, by utilising mechatronics design approach, a full scale reconfigurable machining tool has been designed and analysed.

Keywords: mechatronic design; reconfigurable manufacturing; mechatronics; reconfigurable machining.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISTA.2010.030210

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, 2010 Vol.8 No.1/2/3/4, pp.330 - 347

Available online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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