Design and Evaluation of a Reconfigurable Manufacturing System: By the Use of the 2D/3D Computer Simulation

Shuai Zhang, Yang Li, Arne Bilberg, Ronen Hadar

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In modern manufacturing industry, reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS) is a promising concept in the research arena. A new RMS system structure has been recently designed by a large consumer goods manufacturer in Europe, aiming to improve its production efficiency. This article shows an exploratory research on the (re)configuration procedure and evaluation of the RMS philosophy based on the new RMS structure, which is part of the RMS research in University of Southern Denmark. Tecnomatix Plant Simulation is used for system analysis and optimization. Results from simulation show that the RMS implemented in this consumer goods manufacturer can be effectively (re)configured as part of the daily operations, and the configuration is analyzed by computer simulation before release. Flexibility can be increased considerably meanwhile the system can maintain an acceptable productivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation (MCPC 2014) : Twenty Years of Mass Customization – Towards New Frontiers
EditorsThomas D Brunø, Kjeld Nielsen, Kaj A. Jørgensen, Stig B. Taps
Number of pages11
Publication date4. Feb 2014
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-04270-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-04271-8
Publication statusPublished - 4. Feb 2014
Event7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 4. Feb 20147. Feb 2014
Conference number: 7


Conference7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation
SeriesLecture Notes in Production Engineering

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