Reconfigurable Machine Tools
The uniqueness of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMSs) is that the structure of the system as well as of its machines and controls can be rapidly changed in response to market changes (demand and products). A major component of RMSs is the reconfigurable machine tool (RMT). by contrast to conventional CNCs that are general-purpose machines, RMTs are designed for a specific, customized range of operation requirements and may be cost-effectively converted when the requirements change. In this paper, systematic design tools that have been recently developed for RMTs are reviewed, and three examples are provided to compare RMTs to traditional types of machine tools.
R. G. Landers et al., "Reconfigurable Machine Tools," CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Elsevier, Jan 2001.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0007-8506(07)62120-9
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Keywords and Phrases
Machine Tool; Machine Tool Module; Conversion
Article - Journal
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