Product family design for changeable learning factories

U. Wagner, T. AlGeddawy, H. ElMaraghy, E. Müller

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Educational and research manufacturing systems, such as learning factories, provide an environment to learn, test and implement new product solutions and system paradigms. When learning factories are equipped with the capabilities of Changeable Manufacturing Systems (CMS), they can be used for investigating and teaching the changing effects on product design by manufacturing system reconfiguration, planning and control. Existing design approaches of new products respond to the change in customer, functional or market requirements. This paper presents a new approach to develop products for Changeable Learning Factories by identifying a suitable product family and designating corresponding product variants that show the limits of the existing system capabilities and demonstrating differentsystem configurations based on its features for changeability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
StatePublished - 2014
Event47th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2014 - Windsor, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 28 2014Apr 30 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported in this paper was conducted at the Intelligent manufacturing Systems Center at University of Windsor in Canada in collaboration with the Department of Factory Planning and Factory Management, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. Research support by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Changeable Manufacturing Systems
  • Learning Factories
  • Product Development


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