Title: A systematic approach for supporting the adaptation process of discrete manufacturing machines
Authors: Marks, Philipp
Hoang, Xuan Luu 
Weyrich, Michael
Fay, Alexander  
Language: eng
Keywords: Assistance Concept;Discrete Manufacturing;Manufacturing Flexibility
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer Nature
Document Type: Article
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): Research in Engineering Design
Volume: 29
Issue: 4
Page Start: 621
Page End: 641
Abstract: 
Automated manufacturing machines in the discrete manufacturing domain frequently face changes in requirements, such as volatile customer demands or changes in product variants. Due to this, machines need to become more flexible to cope with these changing conditions. Therefore, manufacturing machines have to undergo adaptation processes during their operational phase. The adaptation processes might include mechanical, electrical, and software changes. In industrial practice, experts individually perform these adaptation processes without methodological support, which is time-consuming and highly error-prone. This article proposes a systematic approach for supporting the different phases of the adaptation process. The producibility check of a production request based on a suitable skill model of the system is addressed as well as the automatic generation of adaptation options. Furthermore, the article provides concepts for analyzing the impact, effort and benefit of the generated adaptation options. Additionally, a multi agent architecture is presented for the implementation of the proposed adaptation approaches. The entire assistance concept was applied to a lab-size production machine to validate the applicability of the approach. © 2018, Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Automatisierungstechnik 
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00163-018-0296-5
Rights: 4.0 deutsch
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