Introduction to FMS
What is FMS?
United States Government - A series of automatic machine tools or items of fabrication
equipment linked together with an automatic material handling system, a common hierarchical
digital preprogrammed computer control, and
Automated Material Handling and Storage Systems
What is a material-handling system?
A material-handling system can be simply defined as an integrated system involving such
activities as handling, storing, and controlling of materials.
The word material
What is an Industrial Robot?
An industrial robot is a programmable, multi-functional manipulator designed to
move materials, parts, tools, or special devices through variable programmed
motions for the performance of a variety of tasks.
Flexible Manufacturing Systems
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The manufacturing field continues to become more complex brought
about principally by global competit
Why Study Flexible Manufacturing System
Reason 1Flexible manufacturing systems are regarded as one of the most efficient
methods to employ in reducing or eliminating problems in manufacturing
Reason 2FMS originated in London, England, in the 1
Evolution and Contents of FMS
FMS: Definition and Description
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FMS technology, originating in Europe, has evolved over the last two dec
Assembly Systems and Line Balancing
*Discrete products are assembled from components.
The Assembly Process
Definition: assembly involves the joining together of two or more separate parts to form a new entity
(assembly or subassembly).
*The processes used
Four general categories:
Traditional stand-alone NC machine tool - is characterized as a limited-storage, automatic
tool changer and is traditionally operated on a one-to-one machine to operator ratio.
In many cased, stand-alone NC
Planning manufacturing systems
When planning manufacturing systems, the degree of automation that can economically be
justified must be considered. Experience has shown that the most successful ones are those
which are not fully automated.
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Processing and Quality Assurance Equipment
The machine tool, the wash station, and the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) are the principal
processing equipment. These machines provide the essential capability to machine the workpiece,
clean and dry it, a