New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The development of a manufacturing system testbed based on the principles of reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMS) provides an opportunity for teaching the practical side of manufacturing systems, while overcoming the challenges of high equipment start-up costs and rapid obsolescence of technology. As a result of its focus on design around a product family, a RMS is typically modular, adaptable and scalable. These characteristics make a RMS attractive for use in manufacturing systems courses as it allows faculty the ability to start with a manufacturing system that is affordable, and then to change the system as additional resources become available or as technology changes. In addition, a truly reconfigurable manufacturing system provides opportunities for students in different project groups, within a given course, to demonstrate the implementation of theoretical system designs on a single manufacturing system.
This paper presents the design and development of the Western Reconfigurable Manufacturing System Testbed (WeRMST), which was developed using the principles of reconfigurable manufacturing. The WeRMST was developed to support the teaching of a future course in manufacturing systems. The paper includes a description of the product family of lamps that the WeRMST was developed to produce and illustrates how the WeRMST could easily be adapted to produce other product families. When implemented, the proposed manufacturing system is expected to positively impact student engagement, retention, and motivation.
Bryan, A. M., & Lund, J. A. (2016, June), The Design of a Reconfigurable Assembly System Testbed for Teaching Manufacturing System Design Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26114
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