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TitleReal-time, open controller for reconfigurable manufacturing systems
AuthorTlale, Moretlo Celia
SubjectCentral University of Technology, Free State - Dissertations
SubjectReal-time control - Design
SubjectReal-time data processing
SubjectComputer integrated manufacturing systems
SubjectSoftware architecture
SubjectDissertations, Academic - South Africa - Bloemfontein
Format1 498 052 bytes
AbstractThesis (M. Tech. (Information Technology)) -- Central University of technology, Free State, 2013
AbstractMarkets for manufactured products are characterized by a fragmentation of the market (with regards to size and time), and by shorter product cycles. This is due to the occurrence of mass customization and globalization. In mass customization, the same basic products are manufactured for a broad market, but then consumers are given the liberty to choose the “finishing touches” that go with the product. The areas that manufacturers now compete for are higher quality products, low cost and timely response to market changes. Appropriate business strategies and manufacturing technologies must thus be used to implement these strategic dimensions. The paradigm of Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (RMS) has been introduced to respond to this new market oriented manufacturing environment. The design of RMS allows ease of reconfiguration as it has a modular structure in terms of software and hardware. This allows ease of reconfiguration as a strategy to adapt to changing market demands. Modularity will allow the ability to integrate/remove software/hardware modules without affecting the rest of the system. RMS can therefore be quickly reconfigured according to the production requirements of new models, it can be quickly adjusted to exact capacity requirements as the market grows and products change, and it is able to integrate new technology. In this research project, real-time, open controller is designed and developed for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Tools (RMTs). RMTs are the basic building blocks for RMS. Real time and openness of the controllers for RMT would allow firstly, for the modular design of RMTs (so that RMTs can be adapted easily for changing product demands) and secondly, prompt control of RMT for diagnosability.
Publisher[Bloemfontein?] : Central University of Technology, Free State