A special issue of International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems
Current production systems must be oriented to solve the strict requirements associated with increasing demands in terms of dimensional precision, tensile strength, fatigue response, energy efficiency and overall costs in manufactured components, as well as the exigent conditions derived from the strong competence with other companies in the same markets. In order to guarantee the success of enterprise activity in spite of the exigent needs provoked by these factors, the totality of phases involved in the production chain should be subject to a continuous analysis and optimisation oriented to minimise dispersion in the control parameters of manufacturing methods, and enhance the reliability of components and systems that can be obtained.
For this reason, a great effort is needed not only in the promotion of advance techniques for material processing, optimisation of existent manufacturing equipment and processes, and modelling and characterisation of workpiece behaviour according to selected working conditions, but also in the development of new solutions based on automation of manufacturing operations by robotic applications, the refinement of prior phases dedicated to identification of required functionalities and generation of product design, the prediction of possible failures and upsets in the machines and devices employed for the consecutive operations, and the improvement of frictional behaviour and energy wastes during the expected life of final components.
Topics covered by this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Automation and robotics
- Advanced manufacturing systems (computer integrated manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, etc.)
- Product design
- Continuous improvement
- Production methodologies (lean manufacturing, agile manufacturing, etc.)
- Manufacturing processes (machining, metal casting, metal forming, welding and joining, processing of plastics and composites, powder metallurgy, etc.)
- Micro and nanomanufacturing
- Dimensional measurement
- Total productive maintenance
- CNC machines architecture
Submission: 31 March 2009