A new design synthesis model is introduced to enhance manufacturing systems energy sustainability. It uses Design Structure Matrix (DSM) to represent relationships between system components, Cladistics analysis to produce an architectural map of the system at different granularity levels as well as energy consumption data of individual system modules. It synthesizes a system architecture for minimizing its energy consumption. A changeable assembly system is used for demonstration and validation. Results showed that energy consumption of manufacturing systems can be minimized throughout the production planning horizon by system design. Manufacturing systems design for energy sustainability compliments other energy use reduction methods.
- Manufacturing system
- System architecture