Towards Developing Sustainable Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems

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This paper aims to examine the sustainable manufacturing performance of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMSs) using existing sustainable manufacturing metrics. RMS has six key characteristics including modularity, integrability, customization, scalability, convertibility, and diagnosability. In this paper, 'convertibility' is quantified by considering configuration convertibility, machine convertibility, and material handling device convertibility from the RMS perspective. In addition, the performance of RMSs with different convertibility levels is also evaluated by using sustainable manufacturing metrics. A numerical example is used to demonstrate the computational approach. Results of the analysis are used to show how sustainable manufacturing performance of RMS changes as system convertibility varies. The findings show that RMS sustainable manufacturing performance can be improved by selecting a suitable level of convertibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1136-1143
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
StatePublished - 2018
Event28th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2018 - Columbus, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2018Jun 14 2018

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  • Reconfigurable Manufcuturing Systems (RMS)
  • convertibility
  • sustainable manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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