Ready configuration of machines into an existing manufacturing system

W. Covanich*, D. McFarlane, J. Brusey, A. M. Farid

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This paper focuses on simplifying and easing the integration of a new machine into an existing conventional hierarchical manufacturing system. Based on a distributed manufacturing paradigm, it proposes the functions and interfaces that a new machine and an existing manufacturing system should possess so that ready and simple configuration of additional machines can be achieved. The configuration process is intended to include, not only mechanical and electrical interfaces, but also decision system interfaces (such as planning, scheduling, and shop-floor control). Preliminary laboratory experiments to compare the reconfigurability resulting from a conventional integration method and the proposed distributed method are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Agile Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Flexible manufacturing systems
  • Manufacturing system integration

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