Modular reconfigurable flexible final assembly systems

Juhani Heilala, Paavo Voho

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    Abstract

    Market turbulence forces assembly plants to constantly adjust their production volume of products, variants and quantities. At the same time, assembly plant managers must protect long‐term investments in the flexible assembly system. For reconfigurability and agility the best solution is the modular semi‐automatic approach by combining flexible automation and human skills. It gives managers possibility to adjust volume by adding new modules or to automate the manual tasks step by step. The control of material handling and information flow in the agile assembly system is important. To keep flexibility, the combination of an intelligent pallet, i.e. use of escort memory, carrying a single product together with other hardware providing paperless production even supports a lot size of one. The article shows how to create flexible capability and capacity in the final assembly systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-30
    Number of pages11
    JournalAssembly Automation
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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