Development of Cellular Manufacturing System Based on Movable Cells
Yoshiki Shimomura*, Fabio Noriyuki Takada**,
and Tetsuo Tomiyama***
*Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904, Japan
**GRUPO LIBERCON, Av. Paulista, 807 - 25o Andar - Cerqueira Cesar Sao Paulo - SP - Brasil - CEP: 01311-915
***Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
In contrast to current highly centralized systems, we propose cellular machines, which are mechanical systems consisting of a minimum kind of autonomous distributed intelligent units, called cells, with no central control. We introduce the concept of movable cells to improve robustness against faults and flexibility of a previous system. We discuss the development of new cellular manufacturing system consisting of movable cells by introducing functional expandability and hardware prototyping results.
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