Multi-Modal Assembly-Support System for Cellular Manufacturing

Multi-Modal Assembly-Support System for Cellular Manufacturing

Feng Duan (Nankai University, China), Jeffrey Too Chuan Tan (The University of Tokyo, Japan), Ryu Kato (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan), Chi Zhu (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan) and Tamio Arai (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1945-6.ch032
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Abstract

Cellular manufacturing meets the diversified production and quantity requirements flexibly. However, its efficiency mainly depends on the operators’ working performance. In order to improve its efficiency, an effective assembly-support system should be developed to assist operators during the assembly process. In this chapter, a multi-modal assembly-support system (MASS) was proposed, which aims to support operators from both information and physical aspects. To protect operators in MASS system, five main safety designs as both hardware and control levels were also discussed. With the information and physical support from the MASS system, the assembly complexity and burden to the assembly operators are reduced. To evaluate the effect of MASS, a group of operators were required to execute a cable harness task. From the experimental results, it can be concluded that by using this system, the operators’ assembly performance is improved and their mental work load is reduced. Consequently the efficiency of the cellular manufacturing is improved.
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To improve the efficiency of the cellular manufacturing system, various cellular manufacturing systems have been designed to improve the assembly performance of the operators and reduce their assembly burden.

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