Reconfigurable Assembly Systems (RAS) offer the potential to enable rapid exchange of functional modules to facilitate a change in product, system requirements or to provide equipment redundancy. There has however been little investigation into the planning of multiple system reconfigurations. The work proposes a capability-based approach; consisting of a Reconfiguration Methodology, supported by a Capability Model and Taxonomy. The Methodology focuses on multiple system reconfigurations and is based upon operator-oriented definition, thereby utilising existing knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, the Methodology incorporates Production Scenarios, which define the customer’s needs and priorities. The selected scenario is then used to refine the Reconfiguration Methodology with respect to the solution generated. The Capability Model consists of Capability Identification and Comparison processes: by aggregating the results, capability and compatibility sets can be derived. Further, the Model has strong links to the Capability Taxonomy. The work proposed describes the overall approach and key elements and goes on to detail the Capability Taxonomy and Model and the Reconfiguration Methodology. Key conclusions are drawn and future work outlined.

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