This tool supports the design and evaluation of reconfigurable production cells. The goal is to determine possible production cell’s architectures together with the enabling equipment, devices and control system, for a seamless and fast re(arrangement) of manufacturing resources to cope with high uncertainty. The inputs to this tool are a database with the available equipment (technologies, robots, tools, fixtures, etc), the information related to the products to be manufactured (type, dimension, production process, cycle times, etc.) and a set of constraints and target performance (capabilities, product volumes and the related variability, space constraints, binding agreements, etc.). The output of this tool is a set of feasible configuration of a production cell, together with an optimized reconfiguration strategy in relation to the considered evolution scenarios. The tool enables the exploration of the trade-off between investments and performance, thus helping to identify a target of flexibility and formulate an equipment investment strategy. The flexibility available through different hardware and control solutions is also considered to leverage robustness at the plant level.
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