Systems and methods for a Real Time Machine Simulator to Explore the Effects of Rules used in a Modular Manufacturing or Assembly System

Seyed Iravani (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

Work-Flow Optimization through Real Time Machine Simulator NU 2000-023 Inventor Seyed Iravani Abstract Northwestern researchers have invented a Real-Time Machine Emulator (RTME) that physically emulates manufacturing work cells. RTME is used by work teams to test and design standard work methods in support of lean manufacturing. RTME is a kaizen tool that greatly facilitates team involvement. Once work standards are established, RTME can be used to train personnel. RTME is quick and easy to configure and implement. Because it is a physical emulator, it enables teams to visualize and test work cell ergonomics. Applications o Simulation of machine assembly lines Advantages o Participation of personnel in modeling of a manufacturing system and its execution o Inexpensive, easy and fast to build o Flexible to revise o Improved visual representation of a manufacturing system o Durable and long-lasting IP Status Issued US Patent No. 7,949,501
Original languageEnglish
Patent number7949501
StatePublished - May 24 2011

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