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Flexible Manufacturing System

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Flexible Manufacturing System --- Aheadmold

In the modern manufacturing setting, flexibility is an important characteristic. It means that a manufacturing system is versatile and adaptable, while also capable of handling relatively high production runs. A flexible manufacturing system is versatile in that it can produce a variety of parts. It is adaptable because it can be quickly modified to produce a completely different line of parts.
A flexible manufacturing system (FMS) is a highly automated TG (group technology) machine cell, consisting of a group of processing workstations (usually CNC machine tools), interconnected by an automated material handing and storage system, and controlled by a distributed computer system. The reason the FMS is called flexible is that it is capable of processing a variety of different part styles simultaneously at the various workstations, and the mix of patterns. The FMS is most suited for the mid-variety, mid-volume production range.
An FMS relies on the principles of group technology. Group technology is a manufacturing philosophy in which similar parts are identified and grouped together to take advantage of their similarities in design and production, similar parts are arranged into part families, where each part family possesses similar design and manufacturing characteristics. No manufacturing system can be completely flexible. There are limits to the range of parts or productions that can be made in an FMS. Accordingly, an FMS is designed to produce parts (or products) within a defined range of styles, sizes, and processes. In other words, an FMS is capable of producing a single part family or a limited range of part families.
An FMS must possess three capabilities: (1) the ability to identify and distinguish among the different part or product styles processed by the system, (2) quick changeover of operating instructions, and (3) quick changeover of physical setup.

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