IJAT Vol.14 No.6 pp. 943-950
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2020.p0943


Task Scheduling of Material-Handling Manipulator for Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Flow-Type FMS

Ryo Yonemoto and Haruhiko Suwa

Setsunan University
17-8 Ikeda-naka-machi, Neyagawa, Osaka 572-8508, Japan

Corresponding author

March 28, 2020
September 23, 2020
November 5, 2020
energy-efficiency, productivity, manufacturing system, scheduling, industrial robot

Energy savings and reduction in environmental burdens are necessitated to enhance sustainable manufacturing performances. Not only should energy consumption in the factory be visualized, but also a mechanism, by which in-process production and energy-related information measured in the shop floor are fed back into planning/scheduling decision-making, must be established to improve the energy efficiency during manufacturing execution. This study addresses the effect of scheduling on the improvement of energy efficiency in manufacturing by connecting a developed measurement and control platform with a real manufacturing system. The manufacturing system testbed utilized in this study forms a simple flow-type flexible manufacturing system composed of automated manufacturing cell with a CNC lathe, material-handling manipulator, and vertical machining center. We focus on the task scheduling of the material-handling manipulator, which yields a job sequence, and the effect of task scheduling of the manipulator on the energy efficiency and productivity of the entire manufacturing system.

Cite this article as:
Ryo Yonemoto and Haruhiko Suwa, “Task Scheduling of Material-Handling Manipulator for Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Flow-Type FMS,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.14, No.6, pp. 943-950, 2020.
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