An effective system development paradigm and its associated design tools can streamline the production of flexible manufacturing systems. In view of the technological advances in developing complex manufacturing systems, a framework and its associated graphical development environment are presented in this paper. This framework aims at providing a unified platform to develop complex manufacturing systems with enhanced formality. Features include procedures for requirement analysis, simulation of system behavior, and formal verification of abstract implementation. The proposed framework helps to shorten lifecycle for system designs and helps engineers to produce manufacturing systems that conform better with original specifications with better quality. A flexible conveyor‐based production system is chosen as a case example to illustrate the capabilities of the proposed framework.
Lau, H. and Mak, K. (2004), "The design of flexible manufacturing systems using an extended unified framework ", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 222-238. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410380410523461Download as .RIS
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