FLEXIBLE AUTOMATION MANUFACTURING SYSTEM BASIC INFORMATION


Flexible automation is an extension of programmable automation. A flexible automated system is capable of producing a variety of parts (or product) with virtually no time lost for changeovers from one part style to the next. There is no lost production time while reprogramming the system and altering the physical setup (tooting, fixtures, machine settings).

Consequently, the system can produce various combinations and schedules of parts or products instead of requiring that they be made in batches.

What makes flexible automation possible is that the differences between parts processed by the system arc not significant. It is a case of soft variety.so that the amount of changeover required between styles is minimal. The features of flexible automation can be summarized as follows:

• high investment for a custom-engineered system
• continuous production of variable mixtures of products
• medium production rate,
• flexibility to deal with product design variations

Examples of flexible automation [Ire the flexible manufacturing systems for performing machining operations that date back to the late 1960s.

The relative povitinns of the three types of automation for different production volumes and product varieties. For low production quantities and\ new product introductions, manual production is competitive with programmable automation.

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