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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-019-03823-x