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posted on 23.03.2020 by Spartak Ljasenko, Niels Lohse, Laura Justham
The manufacturing industry needs to increase productivity and flexibility to stay competitive. This requires more adaptable and versatile production capabilities. It is expected that dynamic systems, consisting of mobile robots, will be particularly prominent in manufacturing environments where it is difficult to move components and products in a flexible manner. This paper compares the relative advantages of a dynamic, mobile robot-based system with traditional dedicated automation systems. The study uses simulations to evaluate several representative scenarios with different product supply bottlenecks, interference among mobile robots and mixes of products inspired by the aerospace industry. The results show that mobility enables higher resource utilisation and increased flexibility. This highlights the potential operational advantages mobile robot-based systems would offer and gives clear justification to continue the development of dynamic, self-organising production systems based on mobile robots.

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Loughborough University's Library Service

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Production & Manufacturing Research

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pages

35 - 58

Publisher

Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

25/02/2020

Publication date

2020-03-20

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2169-3277

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Niels Lohse. Deposit date: 20 March 2020

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