Optimal Performance of Modular and Synchronized Mechatronic Systems
Paper i proceeding, 2014
Optimizing the configuration and overall performance of synchronized modular systems is considered in this paper. The synchronized modules can be considered as a hybrid system, including continuous-time dynamics of local moving devices, combined with high-level discrete event sequences. The continuous-time trajectories are approximated by the Gauss pseudospectral method, resulting in a nonlinear programming (NLP) problem. The optimal configuration generates the maximal production rate subject to dynamic constraints. A complete design procedure is presented and applied to a case study of a packaging machine, where an alternative optimal configuration is achieved compared to current industrial practices.