Enhanced Cell Controller for Aerospace Manufacturing
Asif S* and Webb P
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Seemal Asif
School of Aerospace
Transport and Manufacturing
Cranfield University, Cranfield
MK43 0AL, UK
Tel: +44 1234 750111
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 11, 2016; Accepted April 27, 2016; Published April 30, 2016
Citation: Asif S, Webb P (2016) Enhanced Cell Controller for Aerospace Manufacturing. Adv Robot Autom 5:147. doi:10.4172/2168-9695.1000147
Copyright: © 2016 Asif S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Aerospace manufacturing industry is unique in that production typically focuses on high variety and quality but extremely low volume. Manufacturing processes are also sometimes unique and not repeatable and, hence, costly. Production is getting more expensive with the introduction of industrial robots and their cells. This paper describes the development of the Flexa Cell Coordinator (FCC), a system that is providing a solution to manage resources at assembly cell level. It can control, organise and coordinate between the resources and is capable of controlling remote cells and resources because of its distributed nature. It also gives insight of a system to the higher management via its rich reporting facility and connectivity with company systems e.g., Enterprise Resource Planner (ERP). It is able to control various kinds of cells and resources (network based) which are not limited to robots and machines. It is extendable and capable of adding multiple numbers of cells inside the system. It also provides the facility of scheduling the task to avoid the deadlocking in the process. In FCC resources (e.g., tracker) can also be shared between cells.