Turning raw parts to finished products consumes a lot of electrical energy in a manufacturing plant. A large amount of this energy is consumed by processing machines and robots to perform some operations on parts, and by automated handling mechanisms to transport parts in the plant.
Reduction of the energy consumption in these operating and handling devices is an important step towards the green and sustainable paradigms. However, there is a trade off between the energy value which can be reduced and the rate of finished products in a manufacturing plant.
This project concerns such a trade off analysis for conveyor systems, which are the most used mechanisms for material handling, and for paint shop resources, which consume the largest amount of energy compared to other operating devices in a manufacturing plant.
The outcome of this analysis will be a proper motion control of conveyor systems and an optimal coordination of part through the pain shop, which will lead to energy reduction while a desired production rate is fulfilled.