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Research Article Open Access
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.
Flexible manufacturing system, Distributed network cell controller, Cell controller, Software programmable logic controller, Aerospace cell controller, Web services, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, AI Algorithm, Automated Mining, Automation, Digital Image Processing, Fuzzy Logic, Industrial Robotics, Intelligent Robotics, Medical Device, Medical Robotics, Mobile Device, Mobile Repots, Neural Networks, Neurorobotics, Robotic Rehabilitation, Simulation, Social Robots, Telerobotics