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Machines 2017, 5(1), 5;

A Method for Design of Modular Reconfigurable Machine Tools

RectorSeal Corporation, Houston, TX 77055, USA
Department of Aerospace Engineering, RyersonUniversity, Toronto, ON M5B2K3, Canada
RoboticResearch Center, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
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Academic Editor: Dan Zhang
Received: 10 November 2016 / Revised: 13 January 2017 / Accepted: 23 January 2017 / Published: 4 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Robotic Machine Tools)
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Presented in this paper is a method for the design of modular reconfigurable machine tools (MRMTs). An MRMT is capable of using a minimal number of modules through reconfiguration to perform the required machining tasks for a family of parts. The proposed method consists of three steps: module identification, module determination, and layout synthesis. In the first step, the module components are collected from a family of general-purpose machines to establish a module library. In the second step, for a given family of parts to be machined, a set of needed modules are selected from the module library to construct a desired reconfigurable machine tool. In the third step, a final machine layout is decided though evaluation by considering a number of performance indices. Based on this method, a software package has been developed that can design an MRMT for a given part family. View Full-Text
Keywords: modular design; reconfigurable machine tools; module identification; module determination; layout synthesis modular design; reconfigurable machine tools; module identification; module determination; layout synthesis

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