Configuration of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
With stiff global competition, the "Voice of the Customer (VOC)"
has been demanding increased diversity in product offerings, along with frequent
updates to each product. This, in turn, is influencing manufacturing to invest in more
flexible equiptment for new programs. A piece of flexible equiptment
will be defined as one that has the ability to perform multiple processing tasks on a
wide range of products (for example, CNC Machining Centers for machining prismatic parts,
or robots for material handling).
An opportunity that flexibility provides manufacturing is the possibility to explore
various processing sequences available through alternative system configurations.
Ideally, the configuration that yields maximum quantity of parts, at best quality and at
least cost, with high responsiveness to product change is desired.
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