Title: Flexible manufacturing systems for mass customisation manufacturing

Authors: Guixiu Qiao, Roberto F. Lu, Charles McLean

Addresses: Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 8260, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8260, USA. ' Boeing Commercial Airplanes Material and Process Technology, The Boeing Company, P.O. Box 3707 Mail Code: 19-FA, Seattle, WA 98124–2207, USA. ' Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 8260, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8260, USA

Abstract: This paper presents innovative approaches in realising and exercising mass customisation in theoretical and practical applications. Strategies of generalised production line platform and modularisation are explored to support dynamic reconfigurations of mass customisation. NIST|s XML-based Shop Data information integration specification is utilised to derive a data driven reconfigurable mass customisation modelling methodology. A simulation model of a Boeing aircraft major component assembly line is created and driven by a batch control file, which is generated from the XML-based Shop Data specification.

Keywords: mass customisation; flexible manufacturing systems; FMS; simulation modelling; XML; modularisation; reconfiguration; information integration; Boeing; aircraft industry; component assembly; product design; reconfigurable manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMASSC.2006.008631

International Journal of Mass Customisation, 2006 Vol.1 No.2/3, pp.374 - 393

Available online: 12 Jan 2006 *

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