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Quantifying the flexibility of a manufacturing system by applying the transfer function

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This paper discusses a method of estimating the flexibility of a manufacturing system. The proposed approach is motivated by the dynamic behaviour analogy between a mechanical and a manufacturing system. The main hypothesis is that the flexibility of a manufacturing system can be calculated in the same manner as the damping factor of a mechanical system. In order for the validity of the proposed method to be tested and discussed, a set of experiments has been designed and executed, initially for a simple production system. An industrial production system has also been studied using the same approach. The results prove that this method can be used for the estimation of a manufacturing system's flexibility.
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Keywords: Flexibility; Flexibility measures; Manufacturing systems

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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