Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2001) 18:381–390 2001 Springer-Verlag London Limited Z. M. Bi and W. J. Zhang Advanced Engineering Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada The idea of modularity has gained acceptance because of so- this applies to advanced manufacturing systems, such as called mass customisation and the need for shorter development robotic systems and ﬂexible manufacturing systems. The time in manufacturing. Modularity is a general concept, and fundamental idea of these systems is that the system ﬂexi- many engineering problems can be generalised under the bility can be built by changing parameters in planning, umbrella of modularity. Numerous studies have been carried scheduling, and controlling the programs. out on modularity-relevant issues; however, systematic classi- 2. To organise or modularise system components, and to pro- ﬁcation has not been discussed for modularity in terms of its vide the variants by employing different modules and/or applications and methodologies for developing modularity in different connections among them. The implementation of systems. This paper presents a taxonomy on modularity appli- the external dynamic parameters has implied the requirement cations, research issues, and design methodologies. It provides for modular architecture of the system at the hardware
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 1, 2001
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