A HYBRID RECONFIGURABLE COMPUTER-INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING CELL FOR THE PRODUCTION OF MASS CUSTOMISED PARTS

N. Hassan, G. Bright

Abstract


ENGLISH ABSTRACT:Current manufacturing environments do not possess the flexibility required for massproducing custom parts. A solution forming a hybrid manufacturing system that encapsulates computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) cells with reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS) techniques is proposed to facilitate the production of mass customised parts. The reconfigurable CIM hybrid cell possessed manufacturing conditions such as key RMS characteristics and CIM capabilities, controlled simultaneously by its software and hardware. Through intelligent agent-based architecture, it executed various operations, ranging from intelligent production scheduling and mechanisation of hardware to synchronisation of the cell components.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Huidige vervaardigingsomgewings besit nie die nodige aanpasbaarheid om doelgemaakte produkte in grootmaat te produseer nie. n Oplossing, waarin n hibriede vervaardigingstelsel saamgestel uit rekenaargetegreerde vervaardigingselle (CIM cells) met herkonfigureerbare vervaardigingstelseltegnieke (RMS techniques), is voorgestel om die produksie van doelgemaakte produkte op grootmaat te fasiliteer. Die herkonfigureerbare hibriede sel toon vervaardigingstoestande wat tegelykertyd deur beide die programmatuur so wel as die apparatuur beheer word. Die sel het, deur die gebruik van intelligente agentgebaseerde argitektuur, werksaamhede uitgevoer wat wissel van intelligente produksieskedulering, meganisasie van apparatuur, tot sinchronisasie van die selkomponente.


Keywords


anufacturing environments; massproducing custom parts; hybrid manufacturing system; computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/23-1-226

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