Enabling Flexible Manufacturing Systems by Using Level of Automation as Design Parameter
Paper in proceedings, 2009

Handling flexibility in an ever changing manufacturing environment is one of the key challenges for a successful industry. By using tools for virtual manufacturing, industries can analyze and predict outcomes of changes before taking action to change the real manufacturing systems. This paper describes a simulation tool that can be used to study the effect of level of automation issues on the design of manufacturing systems, including their effect on the overall system performance, ergonomics, environment, and economic measures. Determining a suitable level of automation can provide a manufacturing system with the flexibility needed to respond to the unpredictable events that occur in factory systems such as machine failures, lack of quality, lack of materials, lack of resources, etc. In addition, this tool is designed to use emerging simulation standards, allowing it to provide a neutral interface for both upstream and downstream data sources.

Discrete Event Simulation

Environmental impact calculation

ergonomics

Level of Automation

Author

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Åsa Fasth

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Johan Stahre

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Juhani Heilala

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Swee Leong

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Yung-Tsun Tina Lee

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Frank Riddick

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference

08917736 (ISSN)

2176-2184 5429728

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Environmental Engineering

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1109/WSC.2009.5429728

ISBN

9781424457700

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11/5/2018