A Reconfigurable manufacturing system is a system that is designed at the outset for rapid change in structure, as well as in hardware and software components, in order to quickly adjust production capacity and functionality within a part family in response to sudden changes in market or regulatory requirements. The challenge in the design of such systems is how to enable such reconfigurations and why. One piece in the design puzzle is production path enumeration. On Wednesday October 16th, Prof. Amro M. Farid presented his latest work on Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems at the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Conference, Manchester UK. This paper entitled: “An Axiomatic Design Approach to Non-Assembled Production Path Enumeration in Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems” combines Axiomatic Design for Large Flexible Systems with graph theory to present novel approaches to the design of reconfigurable manufacturing systems.
Full text of the paper and previous work may be found through the LIINES Website publications page under paper code [RMS-C08].
LIINES Website: http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu