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A Function-Behaviour-Structure design methodology for adaptive production systems

Sanderson, David; Chaplin, Jack C.; Ratchev, Svetan


Cripps Professor of Production Engineering & Head of Research Division


Adaptive production systems are a key trend in modern advanced manufacturing. This stems from the requirement for the system to respond to disruption , either in the form of product changes or changes to other operational parameters. The design and reconfig-uration of these systems is therefore a unique challenge for the community. One approach to systems design is based on functional and behavioural modelling, drawn from the field of design theory. Existing approaches suffer from lack of focus on the adaptive properties of the system. While traditional production systems design focusses on the physical system structure and associated processes, new approaches based on functional and behavioural models are particularly suited to addressing the challenges of disruptive production environments resulting from Industry 4.0 and similar trends. We therefore present a Function-Behaviour-Structure (FBS) methodology for Evolvable Assembly Systems (EAS), a class of self-adaptive reconfigurable production systems, comprising an ontology model and design process. The ontology model provides definitions for Function, Structure, and Behaviour of an adaptive production system. This model is used as the input to a functional modelling design process for EAS-like systems , where the design process must be integrated into the system control behaviour. The framework is illustrated with an example taken from a real EAS instan-tiation using industrial hardware.


Sanderson, D., Chaplin, J. C., & Ratchev, S. (2019). A Function-Behaviour-Structure design methodology for adaptive production systems. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 1-12.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 16, 2019
Online Publication Date May 15, 2019
Publication Date May 15, 2019
Deposit Date May 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2019
Journal The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Print ISSN 0268-3768
Electronic ISSN 1433-3015
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-12
Keywords Functional modelling; Function-Behaviour-Structure; Design methods; Adaptive systems Manufacturing systems; Evolvable Assembly Systems
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Additional Information Received: 30 July 2018; Accepted: 16 April 2019; First Online: 15 May 2019


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