January 2012
DAAAM International Scientific Book;2012, p241
Academic Journal
In this chapter, the stochastic model is developed to asses and to analyze the availability of reconfigurable manufacturing system capable of producing multiple-parts. Availability, as performance measure, reflects the ability of a system to satisfy demand requirements at any time. The evaluation of availability of a system is influenced by the availability and arrangement of its individual components. A reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS) composed of reconfigurable machines is designed for cost-effective response to changes in production requirement through reconfiguration. Each reconfigurable machine has several performance states. Accordingly, the system is having a finite number of performance levels and belongs to the category of Multi-State Systems (MSS). The Universal Generating Function (UGF) technique is fast and efficient in evaluating the availability of MSS. The present study contains the description of the UGF, its modification, capability and application along with the some guide lines for the future research with an objective to create the interest of research community to mature the approach.


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