Technology Flexible manufacturing technology is the sum of various technologies that realize programmed flexible manufacturing processing for various shapes of processing objects. Flexible manufacturing technology is a technology-intensive technology group. Any processing technology that focuses on flexibility and is suitable for multiple varieties, small and medium batches (including single products) belongs to flexible manufacturing technology.
Flexible manufacturing system Flexible manufacturing system Flexibility can be expressed in two aspects. The first aspect is the ability of the system to adapt to changes in the external environment, which can be measured by the degree to which the system meets the requirements of new products. The second aspect is the ability of the system to adapt to internal changes, which can be used in the case of interference (such as a machine failure). The ratio of productivity to expected productivity without interference can be used to measure flexibility. "Flexible" is relative to "rigid". The traditional "rigid" automated production line mainly realizes mass production of a single variety. The advantage is that the productivity is very high, because the equipment is fixed, the equipment utilization rate is also high, and the cost of a single product is low. But it is quite expensive and can only process one or a few similar parts. If you want to obtain other varieties of products, you must make a major adjustment to its structure and reconfigure the various elements in the system. The workload and capital investment are often comparable to the construction of a new production line. Rigid high-volume manufacturing automated production lines are only suitable for the production of a few varieties of products, and it is difficult to cope with the production of multiple varieties of small and medium batches.
With the progress of society and the improvement of living standards, the market is even more demanding products with unique features and different styles and functions that meet the individual requirements of customers. The fierce market competition forces the traditional mass production methods to change, and requires the improvement of traditional parts production processes. Traditional manufacturing systems cannot meet the market demand for multiple varieties and small batches of products, which makes the flexibility of the system more and more important for the survival of the system. As the mass production era is gradually being replaced by production that adapts to the dynamics of the market, the viability and competitiveness of a manufacturing automation system largely depends on whether it can produce lower costs in a short development cycle. , The ability of higher quality products of different varieties. Flexibility has occupied a very important position.