Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pick and Place Assembly Systems: Heuristic Evaluation of Reconfigurability and Suitability

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Ahmad, M., Ahmad, B., Alkan, B., Vera, D., Harrison, R., Meredith, J. and Bindel, A. (2016). Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pick and Place Assembly Systems: Heuristic Evaluation of Reconfigurability and Suitability. Procedia CIRP. 57, pp. 428-433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.074
AuthorsAhmad, M., Ahmad, B., Alkan, B., Vera, D., Harrison, R., Meredith, J. and Bindel, A.
Abstract

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) offer numerous advantages over combustion technology but they remain economically uncompetitive except for in niche applications. A portion of this cost is attributed to a lack of assembly expertise and the associated risks. To solve this problem, this research investigates the assembly systems that do exist for this product and systematically decomposes them into their constituent components to evaluate reconfigurability and suitability to product. A novel method and set of criteria are used for evaluation taking inspiration from heuristic approaches for evaluating manufacturing system complexity. It is proposed that this can be used as a support tool at the design stage to meet the needs of the product while having the capability to accept potential design changes and variants for products beyond the case study presented in this work. It is hoped this work develops a new means to support in the design of reconfigurable systems and form the foundation for fuel cell assembly best practice, allowing this technology to reduce in cost and find its way into a commercial space.

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JournalProcedia CIRP
Journal citation57, pp. 428-433
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.074
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