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TitleDevelopment of a reconfigurable assembly system with enhanced control capabilities and virtual commissioning
AuthorNiemann, Johan
SubjectCentral University of Technology, Free State - Dissertations
SubjectVirtual reality in engineering
SubjectComputer integrated manufacturing systems
SubjectComputer-aided software engineering - Quality control
SubjectAssembly-line methods
SubjectMultiagent systems
SubjectAdaptive computing systems - Design
SubjectDissertations, Academic - South Africa - Bloemfontein
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AbstractThesis (M. Tech. (Engineering: Electrical)) -- Central University of technology, Free State, 2013
AbstractThe South African (SA) manufacturing industry requires developing similar levels of sophistication and expertise in automation as its international rivals to compete for global markets. To achieve this, manufacturing plants need to be managed extremely efficiently to ensure the quality of manufactured products and these plants must also have the relevant infrastructure. Furthermore, this industry must also compensate for rapid product introduction, product changes and short product lifespan. To support this need, this industry must engage in the current trend in automation known as reconfigurable manufacturing. The aim of the study is to develop a reconfigurable assembly system with enhanced control capabilities by utilizing virtual commissioning. In addition, this system must be capable of assembling multiple different products of a product range; reconfigure to accommodate the requirements of these products; autonomously reroute the product flow and distribute workload among assembly cells; handle erroneous products; and implement enhanced control methods. To achieve this, a literature study was done to confirm the type of components to be used, reveal design issues and what characteristics such a system must adhere to. Software named DELMIA was used to create a virtual simulation environment to verify the system and simultaneously scrutinize the methods of verification. On completion, simulations were conducted to verify software functions, device movements and operations, and the control software of the system. Based on simulation results, the physical system was built, and then verified with a multi agent system as overhead control to validate the entire system. The final results showed that the project objectives are achievable and it was also found that DELMIA is an excellent tool for system verification and will expedite the design of a system. By obtaining these results it is indicated that companies can design and verify their systems earlier through virtual commissioning. In addition, their systems will be more flexible, new products or product changes can be introduced more frequently, with minimum cost and downtime. This will enable SA manufacturing companies to be more competitive, ensure increased productivity, save time and so ensure them an advantage over their international competition.
PublisherBloemfontein : Central University of Technology, Free State