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FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS - FMS - 1

V. Ryan 2007

 

A Flexible Manufacturing System is one that can be changed or adapted rapidly to manufacture different products or components at different volumes of production. Flexible manufacturing systems are usually seen at their most efficient when manufacturing components rather than finished products.

 
   

MACHINE FLEXIBILITY:
When machines are used to manufacture a variety of products/components this is called ‘machine flexibility’.
A good example is a company that specialises in manufacturing injection moulded components. The component design may change very quickly but as long as the mould is updated / modified the injection moulding machine can still operate. Computers monitor the supply of materials, monitor the operating temperatures and quality control. Machines of this nature are adaptable and are ideal for FMS.

The products below are CD /DVD storage units. The injection moulding machine is an example of machine flexibility because the mould can be changed quickly and different designs can be manufactured.

   

CD / DVD STORAGE 1

CD / DVD STORAGE 2

MANUFACTURE OF CD / DVD STORAGE 1  
 
MANUFACTURE OF CD / DVD STORAGE 2
     
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