InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleAutomatic Software Adaptation After Reconfiguring an Autonomous Manufacturing Systems
Primary AuthorDaniel Telgen, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
Other Author(s) Leo van Moergestel; Puik Puik; Laurens van den Brink; Tommas Bakker; John-Jules Meyer
Pages 456 - 467
Article ID sdm14-093
Publication Date 01-May-16
AbstractWhen using autonomous reconfigurable manufacturing system, that offers generic services, there is the possibility to dynamically manufacture a range of products using the same manufacturing equipment. Opportunities are created to optimally scale the production. This is done by using reconfiguration means, and automatically manufacture small amounts of unique or highly customizable products. Basically the result is a shorter time to market for new products. This paper discusses the problems that arise when manufacturing systems are reconfigured and the impact of this action on the entire system. The proposed software architecture and tooling makes it possible to quickly reconfigure a system without interference to other system, and shows how the reconfigured hardware can be controlled without the need to reprogram the software. Parameters that are required to control the new hardware can be added using a simple tool. As a result reconfiguration is simplified and can be achieved quickly by mechanics without reprogramming any systems. The impact is that time to market can be reduced and manufacturing systems can quickly be adapted to current real-time needs.
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