Title: Development of theoretical reconfiguration structure for manufacturing automation systems

Authors: Muhamad Arfauz A. Rahman; John P.T. Mo

Addresses: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia. ' School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Bundoora East, 3083 Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Abstract: This paper presents a proposed structured model to capture user requirements for reconfiguring flexible manufacturing automation systems. The idea of this model is to allow the manufacturer to easily reconfigure their automation system quickly with minimal investment. The model utilises the integration definition for function modelling (IDEF0) technique. It involves determining the components for the system to be reconfigured based on work scenario descriptions. The work scenario descriptions generally present user requirements. These requirements are simplified, extracted and manipulated to provide with system specification. The model also requires information of existing components stored in the database. At this stage, the reconfiguration is simplified.

Keywords: flexible manufacturing systems; FMS; manufacturing automation; reconfiguration; reconfigurable manufacturing systems; RMS; system specifications; user requirements; structured modelling; IDEF0.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2012.046894

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.2, pp.132 - 150

Received: 27 Jan 2011
Accepted: 28 Aug 2011

Published online: 13 May 2012 *

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