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Design lessons for building agile manufacturing systems

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Newman, W.S. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH, USA ; Podgurski, A. ; Quinn, R.D. ; Merat, F.L.
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Summarizes results of a five-year, multi-disciplinary, university-industry collaborative effort investigating design issues in agile manufacturing. The focus of the project is specifically on light mechanical assembly, with the demand that new assembly tasks be implementable quickly, economically, and effectively. Key to achieving these goals is the ease of equipment and software reuse. Design choices for both hardware and software must strike a balance between the inflexibility of special-purpose designs and the impracticality of overly general designs. We review both our physical and software design choices and make recommendations for the design of agile manufacturing systems

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 3 )