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System Modeling and Real-Time Simulator for Highly Model-Mixed Assembly Systems

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Chung-Hsien Kuo, Han-Pang Huang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 10674, R.O.C., TEL/FAX: (886)2-3633875

Kuang C. Wei

Ford Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 10674, R.O.C., TEL/FAX: (886)2-3633875

Steve S. H. Tang

Ford Lio-Ho Motor Co., Robotics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 10674, R.O.C., TEL/FAX: (886)2-3633875

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 121(2), 282-289 (May 01, 1999) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2831217 History: Received April 01, 1996; Revised April 01, 1998; Online January 17, 2008

Abstract

In recent years, the automobile industry is facing more challenge than ever due to rapid model change requirements and demand fluctuations. Traditional fixed-type production systems are less capable in coping with the rapid change, while flexible production systems can better meet the requirement of low-volume production with model variations. Flexible machines integrated with model-mixed assembly lines form flexible assembly systems (FASs). In this paper, Colored Timed Petri Net (CTPN) is used to model a highly model-mixed automobile assembly system. Based on this CTPN model, a real-time simulator was developed along with different dispatching rules. Besides, the algorithm of balanced budget work standard (BWS) for a small batch production is developed for adjusting the loading balance of the operators in the highly model-mixed assembly lines. The simulator can be used as an effective tool for developing scheduling strategies.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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