Configuration design of scalable reconfigurable manufacturing systems for part family

Moghaddam, S. K ; Sharif University of Technology | 2020

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2019.1620365
  3. Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd , 2020
  4. Abstract:
  5. Intense global competition, dynamic product variations, and rapid technological developments force manufacturing systems to adapt and respond quickly to various changes in the market. Such responsiveness could be achieved through new paradigms such as Reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMS). In this paper, the problem of configuration design for a scalable reconfigurable RMS that produces different products of a part family is addressed. In order to handle demand fluctuations of products throughout their lifecycles with minimum cost, RMS configurations must change as well. Two different approaches are developed for addressing the system configuration design in different periods. Both approaches make use of modular reconfigurable machine tools (RMTs), and adjust the production capacity of the system, with minimum cost, by adding/removing modules to/from specific RMTs. In the first approach, each production period is designed separately, while in the second approach, future information of products’ demands in all production periods is available in the beginning of system configuration design. Two new mixed integer linear programming (MILP) and integer linear programming (ILP) formulations are presented in the first and the second approaches respectively. The results of these approaches are compared with respect to many different aspects, such as total system design costs, unused capacity, and total number of reconfigurations. Analyses of the results show the superiority of both approaches in terms of exploitation and reconfiguration cost. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
  6. Keywords:
  7. Reconfigurable machine tools ; Reconfigurable manufacturing systems ; System configuration ; Computer aided manufacturing ; Cost benefit analysis ; Integer programming ; Machine tools ; Manufacture ; Optimization ; Product design ; Configuration designs ; Integer linear programming ; Mixed-integer linear programming ; Modularity ; Reconfigurable machine tool ; Reconfigurable manufacturing system ; System configurations ; Technological development ; Life cycle
  8. Source: International Journal of Production Research ; Volume 58, Issue 10 , 2020 , Pages 2974-2996
  9. URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207543.2019.1620365