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Expert systems: An application in flexible manufacturing

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Abstract

Flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) are needed to provide manufacturing operations with the capability to adjust, in real time, to changes in the manufacturing environment. Realization of the goals of flexible manufacturing is governed by the ability of the FMS to maintain adequate information on the factory to assist in generating scenarios from product planning to operations and performance. This leads to a view where the factory is represented as an integrated information system. To facilitate the analysis of information requirements and the design of information systems for flexible manufacturing, an expert support system (ESS) which can be used to model and study the various structures is described. This ESS uses the information cell model to build these information structures. Petri net representations of these structures and their interactions are then constructed. The ESS may now be used to exercise these models and study their performance using time and cost measures.

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Farah, B.N. Expert systems: An application in flexible manufacturing. J Intell Robot Syst 1, 73–88 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00437321

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  • Expert systems
  • expert support systems
  • flexible manufacturing