Disturbances in flexible manufacturing

Risto Kuivanen, Jukka Lepistö, Risto Tiusanen

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    Disturbances in automatic production systems were examined by conducting interviews and recording disturbances. All in all 35 systems were examined. This information was completed with a case study. The case study was made in a flexible manufacturing system (FMS), which produces gear wheels. The system contained about 20 numerically controlled machines, and the research was done within a period of 15 months. Accident data were collected from companies and data banks. This material proved that about one half of the disturbances decreases the safety of the workers in automatic production. The main causes for the disturbances were: errors in the design of the system, failures in components, human factors and other external factors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)472-475
    JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1988
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event3rd IFAC/IFIP/IEA/IFORS Conference on Man-machine Systems: Analysis, Design and Evaluation - Oulu, Finland
    Duration: 14 Jun 198816 Jun 1988


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