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

Mussawar Ahmad*, Bilal Ahmad, Bugra Alkan, Daniel Vera, Robert Harrison, James Meredith, Axel Bindel

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages428-433
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event49th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP-CMS 2016 - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 25 May 201627 May 2016

Conference

Conference49th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP-CMS 2016
CountryGermany
CityStuttgart
Period25/05/1627/05/16

Keywords

  • assembly
  • hydrogen fuel cells
  • pick and place
  • Reconfigurability

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