Towards human-centric reconfigurable manufacturing systems: Literature review of reconfigurability enablers for reduced reconfiguration effort and classification frameworks

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Abstract

The unpredictable market scenario in the manufacturing industry demands the adoption of reconfigurability enablers. These enablers reduce the reconfiguration effort throughout the system life cycle and allow frequent reconfigurations of the manufacturing system. Despite the relevance of the subject, examples and concepts of reconfigurability enablers are fragmented in literature. Therefore, this study systematically reviews literature in order to: (i) outline the state of the art on reconfigurability enablers in automated, mixed and manual systems; and, (ii) provides classification frameworks for reconfigurability enablers for manufacturing systems, machines, robots, material handling systems, and operators. Additionally, new reconfigurability enablers related to Industry 4.0 are outlined, which connect systems and human resources with different roles and facilitate responsive adaptation of humans to changes. Directions for future research include extending the theory on reconfigurable manufacturing with fundamentals of human-centric automation and operationalising the proposed classification framework.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Systems
Volume67
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
ISSN0278-6125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Changeable manufacturing
  • Cyber-physical system
  • Industry 4.0
  • Operator 4.0
  • Reconfigurable manufacturing system

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