International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management
Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2010, PP 111-119

Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems as an Application of Mass Customisation

Steffen N. Joergensen, Kjeld Nielsen, Kaj A. Joergensen


Manufacturing systems are today developed as engineer to order solutions tailored to producing a specific product or a limited product mix. Such dedicated systems are not consistent with market demands for rapid product changes, product variety, and customisation, which require flexibility and responsiveness of manufacturing systems. A Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (RMS) is aimed at possess such flexibility and responsiveness and is said to be the manufacturing paradigm of tomorrow. RMS is, though, not yet fully developed. A similarity between RMS and modular product families, known from Mass Customisation (MC), is seen and based on this similarity a potential to maturing RMS further by applying MC methods and techniques is identified. Based on literature surveys this paper analyses this potential by diagnosing gabs for RMS to succeed as a MC product. For each gab MC theory holds related methods and techniques, which indicates a potential and, herby, an area of interest for further study.


Key words: Reconfiguable Manufacturing System, Configuration, Mass Customisation, Modular Product Architecture
Article history: Received (15.07.2010); Revised (26.09.2010); Accepted (02.10.2010)
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