Facilitating Manufacturing System Development: Mapping Changeability Capabilities in Two Industrial Cases

Stefan Kjeldgaard*, Rasmus Andersen, Alessia Napoleone, Thomas Ditlev Brunø, Ann-Louise Andersen

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In today’s unpredictable markets, knowing where to focus development resources in manufacturing systems is critical for manufacturers. However, the effort required to completely assess a manufacturing system’s ability to accommodate changes i.e., its changeability, is a resource intensive task whose outcome is not well understood in industry. This leads to companies being hesitant in applying extensive analysis methods. Therefore, this study presents the findings from applying an adapted and practitioner-oriented method for preliminary assessment of a manufacturing system’s changeability, taking product and process characteristics as inputs. The method was applied in two manufacturing companies (Case A and Case B) which differ in scope and motivation. Focusing on assessing their current changeability, Case A found that the method provided a practical approach to map existing process capabilities while Case B found that no additional changeability was needed to accommodate planned product introductions. While the method proved to be versatile for different scopes and motivations, issues of capacity and scalability are not considered in the method. Furthermore, defining complete equipment capabilities is a challenge, especially for larger more complex systems, presenting the need for an efficient method to achieve this.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in System-Integrated Intelligence : Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence (SysInt 2022), September 7-9, 2022, Genova, Italy
EditorsMaurizio Valle, Dirk Lehmhus, Christian Gianoglio, Edoardo Ragusa, Lucia Seminara, Stefan Bosse, Ali Ibrahim, Klaus-Dieter Thoben
Number of pages10
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-16280-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-16281-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event6th International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence, SysInt 2022 - Genova, Italy
Duration: 7 Sept 20229 Sept 2022


Conference6th International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence, SysInt 2022
SeriesLecture Notes in Networks and Systems


  • Assessment
  • Case study
  • Changeable manufacturing
  • Manufacturing systems development
  • Reconfigurability


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