12. Automated Manufacturing Systems
12.1 Unit Introduction12.2 Unit Objectives12.3 Components of a Manufacturing System12.4 Classification of Manufacturing Systems12.5 Overview of the Classification Scheme12.6 Single Station Manned Workstations12.7 Single Station Automated Cells12.8 Applications of Single Station Cells12.9 Analysis of Single Station Cells12.10 Unit Review12.11 Self Assessment12.12 Self Assessment Answers
Manufacturing systems consist of human workers, automation, and variousmaterial handling technologies, configured in ways that create specificmanufacturing system typologies. More specifically, a manufacturing system is acollection of integrated equipment and human resources, whose function is toperform one or more processing and/or assembly operations on a starting rawmaterial, part, or set of parts. Our focus in this unit is upon manufacturingsystems that are said to be automated, and so concentration will be put upon thetypes of integrated equipment that is used and arranged in a manufacturing cell.This can range from production machines and tools, material handling and workpositioning devices, to the use of various computer systems that facilitateautomation in the production environment.
A manufacturing system is a collection of integrated equipment and humanresources, whose function is to perform one or more processing and/or assemblyoperations on a starting raw material, part, or set of parts.
The manufacturing system is where value-added work is performed to partsand/or products, and this activity gives manufacturing a central place in theoverall scheme of the system of production, where it is supported by systems of manufacturing support, quality control, material handling, and automation control.Different types of manufacturing systems may be identified. These include:BULLETLISTSingle station cell—one worker tends one production machine that operates onsemi-automatic cycle