Year: 2019

Type: book-chapter

Authors: M. Urgo, W. Terkaj, F. Giannini, S. Pellegrinelli and S. Borgo

Keywords: N/A

Flexibility and reconfigurability of production systems are typically
exploited to cope with the changing production demand in terms of volume and variety.
This work addresses the problem of enhancing the current flexibility of Flexible
Manufacturing Systems (FMSs) by designing pallet configurations with zero-point
modular fixtures.This class of equipment provides the ability of rapidly reconfiguring
the pallets to match the production requirements, thus providing a strategic option to
quickly manage the joint evolution of products and processes. An approach consisting
of methods and tools is presented to overcome the main obstacles related to the
use of zero-point clamping technologies in modern FMSs. The proposed approach
ranges from the design of the pallet configuration to the pallet verification during
the manufacturing executing phase. The feasibility of the overall approach has been
demonstrated through the development of a prototype.