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Research Article Open Access
Purpose: This paper considers a novel solution to one of the key problems in modern mechanical engineering – the modeling of modern manufacturing systems in the field of mechanical engineering. Design/methodology/approach: This article considers the choice of the model type of manufacturing systems. It is shown that from systemology’s perspective, all existing models are divided into imitating (replicating) and optimizing models, while the problem of designing manufacturing systems belongs to the class of semi-structured problems. Therefore, at the macro-designing stage it is expedient to use optimizing models, rather than the imitating ones.
Findings and originality/value: This paper gives a broad definition of the technological process as a set of actions for constructing a product, designing the technological process for a sequence of shaping products and manufacturing. It defines production flexibility and the adaptation of the manufacturing system to changes in conditions.
Originality/value: These solutions can be used in such fields of science and technology as automation in manufacturing, computer aided design (CAD) and modeling (CAM), computer aided engineering analysis, flexible manufacturing systems, flexible automation and production engineering.
Manufacturing system, Designing, Macro-design,Optimizing models, Manufacturing system, Designing, Macro-design,Optimizing models