Integration of simulation technologies with physical system of reconfigurable material handling

A. A. Abdul Rahman*, M. S. Osman, R. Ng, S. Abdullah, M. A.A. Rahman, E. Mohamad, A. Abdul Rahman

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Abstract

The rapid-changing manufacturing environment requires a manufacturing system that is easily upgradeable to match new technologies and new functions such as Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (RMS). RMS is distinctive from the conventional manufacturing system, where the RMS can be accomplished by using reconfigurable hardware and software, such that its capability and functionality are changeable over time. The reconfigurable components of a RMS include mechanisms, material handling system, sensors control algorithms, machines and modules for the whole production system. The objective of this project is to verify the integration between a simulation with a physical system of a reconfigurable material handling, in order to allow the simulation software controls the physical system directly. The methodology of this project starts with modelling of the physical system. Then, the control logic of the physical system model is constructed in simulation software in line with the behavior of the real physical system. Next, PLC as the controller of reconfigurable material handling connects a computer through OPC server. The PLC communication tags are extracted from OPC server. These tags are used to build thecommunication between simulation and OPC server. As a result, the integration capabilities are verified by using data comparison over time between simulation and reconfigurable conveyor system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Volume12
Issue numberSpecialissue3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are pleased to acknowledge the financial and administrative support from the Minister of Education (MO)E , Malaysia and nU iversiti Tenk ikal Malaysia Melaka under the PPJ 2016// FKP - AMC/S01500 Research grant project entitled “A Concept of Cyber-Physical System for Programmable Controlled Material Handling System“ and FRGS1// 2014/TK01/FKP03// F00229 Research grant project entitles “A novel concept of reconfigurable material handling systems to support changeability in manufacturing”.

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 PJP/2016/FKP-AMC/S01500 Research grant project entitled 'A Concept of Cyber-Physical System for Programmable Controlled Material Handling System' and FRGS/1/2014/TK01/FKP/03/F00229 Research grant project entitles 'A novel concept of reconfigurable material handling systems to support changeability in manufacturing'.

Publisher Copyright:
© Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

Copyright:
Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Integration
  • OPC
  • Reconfigurable conveyor system
  • Simulation

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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