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Toward Scheduling for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems

Abstract : Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems have been introduced in the mid 1990s as an alternative to classical dedicated or flexibles production systems. They are supposed to be more reactive and capable of evolving depending on unpredictable and high-frequency market changes induced by global market competition. While this concept has received a lot of attention in the literature, mainly at the design and conception phase of the production system, only few works are addressing the operational management of such production systems. One of the key features of reconfigurable manufacturing system is the possibility to use different configurations. The objective is to schedule operations efficiently while considering the different configurations of the system that are available. Switching from one configuration to another requires setup times. However, contrary to classical setup times that can be found in literature on scheduling problems, switching from a configuration i to j may require that some machines are stopped, and then reconfiguration goes beyond classical setups. This paper intends to formalise such a problem in the context of Flow-shop and Job-shop production systems. First results on small case instances are introduced.
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Damien Lamy, Xavier Delorme, Gérard Fleury, Philippe Lacomme. Toward Scheduling for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems. IFAC-PapersOnLine, Elsevier, 2020, 21st IFAC World Congress, 53 (2), pp.10443-10448. ⟨10.1016/j.ifacol.2020.12.2786⟩. ⟨emse-03051560⟩

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