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
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ABSTRACT

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.

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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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