The paper discusses why and how a user designed, specified, and is installing a £4.165 million pounds FMS. It has been under development for the past two and a half years. Components being produced are the Shaft and Turbine Wheel sub-assemblies for turbochargers. The system includes a variety of machines grouped with gantry type robots into seven manufacturing cells. Automated guided vehicles move parts between the cells and the automatic stores.


Manufacturing Cell Shaft Diameter Turbine Wheel Cell Controller Flexible Transfer Line 
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    KOCHAN,A.: ‘Holset takes unorthodox approach’, FMS, 1986, July, pp. 133–135Google Scholar
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    WILDISH,M.: ‘Flexibility is a way of thinking’, The Engineer, 1983, 9th June, pp. 24–30Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Webb
    • 1
  1. 1.Holset Engineering Co LtdUK

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