Architecture of reconfigurable conveyor system in manufacturing system

N. R. Mohamad, A. A. Abdul Rahman*, B. M. Bali Mohamad, M. A.A. Rahman, F. A. Jafar, M. R. Muhamad, M. H.F. Md Fauadi

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In today's global competition, a concept of reconfiguration is required for a company to stay competitive in manufacturing industries. The conveyor system is one of material handling system that commonly used in production. This paper aimed to propose an integrated system architecture for Reconfigurable Conveyor System to support the frequent changes of customer demand in a manufacturing system. The PC-based controller is used for the communication between the controllers in the main system controller and sub-system controller by using a PROFIBUS interface and Local Area Network (LAN) cables. The proposed architecture will be validated by using the physical Reconfigurable Conveyor System in the future work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1 Special Issue 2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are pleased to acknowledge the financial and administrative support from the Minister of Education (MOE), Malaysia and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka under the FRGS/1/2014/TK01/FKP /03/F00229 Research grant Project entitles "A novel concept of reconfigurable material handling system to support changeability in manufacturing". The authors would also like to thank all the FRGS's members who contributed and provided feedback on the project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Architecture
  • Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Manufacturing system
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
  • Reconfigurable conveyor system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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