Advantages of using hybrid manufacturing platforms to realize decentralized manufacture

Blake A. Kendrick, Vimal Dhokia, Stephen T. Newman

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Abstract

Manufacturing has traditionally been the domain of centralised factories, set-up and optimised to make a sole product or product-range. Whilst the in-house efficacy of such systems has been greatly improved due to lean six-sigma methodologies, the wider scale distribution and supply system has undergone little to no transformation over the past century. Previous research pertaining to distributed manufacture, cloud-manufacture and reconfigurable systems has provided several decentralised models using traditional manufacturing capabilities. Though to date they have not been fully realised due to practical limitations. This paper outlines the scope for hybrid manufacturing platforms - using a plurality of processes on a single motion platform, to manufacture products in a decentralised network. Social, economic and environmental ramifications of adopting such a system under particular use cases, such as in shops, community areas or in individual households, are highlighted. The combination of several key processes, including measurement, will allow users to manufacture parts with minimal intervention. A move to personal fabrication would allow greater personalisation and convenience for the end user; however, the issues of copiright and loss of economy of scale would inhibit mass uptake in the near-future. Growing interest by enthusiasts and early adopters will continue to make an impact on the way the populace views manufacture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFAIM 2014 - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publicationCapturing Competitive Advantage via Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Transformation
EditorsF. Frank Chen
PublisherDEStech Publications Inc.
Pages803-810
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781605951737
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event24th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2014 - San Antonio, USA United States
Duration: 20 May 201423 May 2014

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2014
CountryUSA United States
CitySan Antonio
Period20/05/1423/05/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Cite this

Kendrick, B. A., Dhokia, V., & Newman, S. T. (2014). Advantages of using hybrid manufacturing platforms to realize decentralized manufacture. In F. F. Chen (Ed.), FAIM 2014 - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: Capturing Competitive Advantage via Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Transformation (pp. 803-810). DEStech Publications Inc.. https://doi.org/10.14809/faim.2014.0803