Flexible Manufacturing system FMS
A flexible manufacturing system (FMS) is a manufacturing system in which there is some amount of flexibility that allows the system to react in case of changes, whether predicted or unpredicted. This flexibility is generally considered to fall into two categories, which both contain numerous subcategories.
The first category, machine flexibility, covers the system’s ability to be changed to produce new product types, and ability to change the order of operations executed on a part. The second category is called routing flexibility, which consists of the ability to use multiple machinesto perform the same operation on a part, as well as the system’s ability to absorb large-scale changes, such as in volume, capacity, or capability.
Most FMS consist of three main systems. The work machines which are often automated CNC machines are connected by a material handling system to optimize parts flow and the central control computer which controls material movements and machine flow.
This is a Mini FMS, consisting of a robot and a CNC machine tool. Despite its small dimensions, but suitable to learn the concept of manufacturing, production line . this solution can show the functional for the real automatic production line The numerically controlled machine tool is a fully functional small CNC machine which are controlled by G codes, with the possibility to import programs written in ISO codes and generated by CAM programs. The machine control program was LinuxCNC. In the application it is included the correction of subroutine tools or selected functions.
This set includes a vertical 3,4-axis vertical milling machine, with a vacuum table,The robot arm is a RobTRAIN I 5-axis robotic robot and RobLAB. The robot controller is equipped with additional digital and analog I / O with, In the basic version, the set is completed with a gravity feeder and a container for finished details. It is possible to extend the stand to other automation stations such as linear feeders, rotary tables, or the introduction of an additional PLC as the master control of the entire set.