The Characteristics and Application of Reconfigurable System
The reconfigurable manufacture system (RMS) combined with the merits of both two systems, professional manufacture system and flexible manufacture system, could respond to the market change or uncertain requirement, adjust the production ability or function for changing the hardware or software. This paper presents the main architecture and major characteristics of reconfigurable manufacturing systems. Normally, the quality of RMS can be evaluated by several factors. Firstly, the gross cost of production and reconstruction should be less. Secondly, The time of design and manufacture (ascent time) should be shorter. Thirdly, the utilization ratio of existed resource should reach to the utmost. Finally, the cargo stream planning in common space should keep in optimal condition. At last, two examples, the hydraulic integrated package for a gearshift device in automobile, are mentioned to compare and analyse.
X. Y. Zhang et al., "The Characteristics and Application of Reconfigurable System", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 58-60, pp. 859-863, 2011