Evaluating a computational support tool for set-based configuration of production systems: Results from an industrial case

Johannes Unglert, Sipke Hoekstra, Juan Jauregui-Becker

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    Abstract

    This paper describes research conducted in the context of an industrial case dealing with the design of re configurable cellular manufacturing systems. Reconfiguring such systems represents a complex task due to the interdependences between the constituent subsystems. A novel computational tool was developed to support the production engineers in (sub) system configuration by enabling to consider multiple alternative configurations simultaneously. The tool was tested by applying it in two realistic system engineering problems and conducting interviews to evaluate its effects. The prototype was found to be an effective and efficient approach to support exploring evaluating and selecting sets of system configurations. The findings suggest that the approach is applicable in practice and represents a means to strategically leverage the flexibility in production system design as well as to improve the efficiency of the engineering process. Hence further research could examine if the approach is useful in additional systems engineering domains.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication12th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2017
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
    PublisherIEEE
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-5945-4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-5946-1, 978-1-5090-5944-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017
    Event12th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2017 - Waikoloa, United States
    Duration: 18 Jun 201721 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 12

    Conference

    Conference12th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2017
    Abbreviated titleSoSE
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWaikoloa
    Period18/06/1721/06/17

    Keywords

    • design space exploration
    • evaluation
    • production systems
    • Set-based concurrent engineering
    • software tool

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