Reconfigurable Systems for Manufacturing and Automotive Applications
| We live in an engineered world, where mechatronics is enabling the design of smart systems in which knowledge about the system can be embedded in the system itself. The design of such smart systems requires new engineering design methods, such as reconfiguration, co-design and component swapping modularity, which are introduced here in the context of applications in manufacturing and automotive systems. Reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMS) provide exactly the manufacturing functionality and capacity needed, exactly when needed. Examples are presented to highlight the role that dynamics and control plays in designing systems to be more reconfigurable. These examples include optimal capacity management in an RMS, dynamics of a reconfigurable machine tool, and a reconfigurable stamping control system. Methods for combined design, or co-design, of an artifact and its controller and for component swapping modularity in controller design, are also presented with applications to active suspension design, and controller design for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, respectively.