The evolution of manufacturing processes into fully automated systems has meant an escalation of the capital costs involved in these projects. This paper shows how visual interactive simulation has been used to validate the design of FMS and FAS such that the design can eliminate all unnecessary costs. The method involved is to portray on a colour screen a dynamic schematic of the proposed facility. The designers can then experiment with this model in order to establish the size, speed and control of all the elements of the FMS. The system is highly interactive thus allowing investigation of the breakdowns, variability of labour and of resources. This system is currently employed by BL, Ford and General Motors.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • ISATA 84, "In Pursuit of Technical Excellence". Proceedings Volume 2. International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation with particular reference to Vehicle Management Systems and Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Milan, Italy 24-28 September 1984.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Automotive Automotion Limited

    42 Lloyd Park Avenue
    Croydon CRO 5SB, Surrey,   England 

    Alfa Romeo Auto SpA

    Milan,   Italy 
  • Authors:
    • Hollingworth, R
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399960
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ISATA 84083, HS-038 500
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM