Improved Methodology for RMS Adaptability Evaluation
- INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRECISION ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING (SCIE) Vol. 18, No. 11, pp. 1537-1546 NOVEMBER 2017 / 1537
- Reconfigurable manufacturing system, Adaptability, Evaluation, KPI, Automotive assembly factory
The suggested pragmatic tool and new methodology to assess reconfiguration manufacturing system (RMS) adaptability in small and medium manufacturing industry plays a significant role since it makes to reduce the erroneous reconfiguration in shifting to Industry 4.0 oriented smart factory, and also fill up the gap between theory and physical system. Customizable factors are extracted and mapped for design structure matrix (DSM) and analytic hierarchy process (AHP). Reconfiguration event information is visualized as bill of resource (BoR). Evaluation format of key performance indicators (KPI) choice is suggested. Reconfiguration manager is developed to organize the objects and resource library of reconfigurable assembly module and line. The middleware to control the required resource and objects is proposed. This paper proposes the improved evaluation modeling frame and format based on the newly refined KPI for the adaptability evaluation or assessment of RMS, and shows the available usefulness through an partly applied case in real automotive components manufacturing and assembly factory, and finally discusses issues related with customization of the suggested evaluation methods for reconfiguration.