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Tools and methods for SMEs to introduce mutability in special purpose machines

: Rentzsch, Hendrik; Tisztl, Marcel; Langer, Tino; Fischer, Dieter


Zaeh, Michael:
Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV 2013), Munich, Germany, October 6th-9th, 2013
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-319-02053-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-02054-9 (Online)
International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV) <5, 2013, Munich>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IWU ()
reconfiguration; evaluation; development

In the paper tools and methods for customer oriented development of mutable production systems are presented. An easy to use benchmark, taking into account the complete life cycle, enables system manufacturers to assess their approach regarding own expenses as well as from a customer's perspective, making one able to legitimate specific measures and according costs during the acquisition phase. Furthermore, a tool using the commonly known structure of the House of Quality enables the customer to evaluate various technical options provided by the manufacturer. By means of prioritizing requirements for the mutable system as well as including interdependencies between eligible options, a best suiting configuration of variants can be determined. The paper therewith especially focuses on methods and tools to help manufacturers of complex production systems to introduce mutability in a reasonable extent.