Design framework for model-based self-optimizing manufacturing systems

  • Ulrich Thombansen
  • Guido Buchholz
  • Daniel Frank
  • Julian Heinisch
  • Maximilian Kemper
  • Thomas Pullen
  • Viktor Reimer
  • Grigory Rotshteyn
  • Max Schwenzer
  • Sebastian Stemmler
  • Dirk Abel
  • Thomas Gries
  • Christian Hopmann
  • Fritz Klocke
  • Reinhardt Poprawe
  • Uwe Reisgen
  • Robert Schmitt


Designing manufacturing systems requires a profound understanding of the manufacturing process and its challenges to meet final customer requirements. Considering future objectives already at an early design stage increases the flexibility of the manufacturing system and its robustness regarding changed boundary conditions. Today’s manufacturing systems rather control machine settings than process variables or even product quality. The major barrier for quality control is that in most manufacturing processes, quality cannot be measured on-line. Model-based self-sptimization (MBSO) has been developed to overcome this limitation. A combination of embedded process knowledge and tailored sensor integration enables for on-line quality estimation. The overall objective is to control key characteristics of product quality in a broad manufacturing landscape. This work describes a guideline of how to design an MBSO system with examples at each stage of the development process.


MBSO Process control Quality control Machine tool Manufacturing 


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The authors would like to thank the German Research Foundation DFG for the kind support within the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Thombansen
    • 1
  • Guido Buchholz
    • 2
  • Daniel Frank
    • 3
  • Julian Heinisch
    • 4
  • Maximilian Kemper
    • 5
  • Thomas Pullen
    • 3
  • Viktor Reimer
    • 5
  • Grigory Rotshteyn
    • 6
  • Max Schwenzer
    • 3
  • Sebastian Stemmler
    • 7
  • Dirk Abel
    • 7
  • Thomas Gries
    • 5
  • Christian Hopmann
    • 4
  • Fritz Klocke
    • 3
  • Reinhardt Poprawe
    • 1
  • Uwe Reisgen
    • 2
  • Robert Schmitt
    • 3
  1. 1.Intitute for Laser Technology (ILT)FraunhoferAachenGermany
  2. 2.Welding and Joining Institute (ISF)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  3. 3.Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled CraftsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  5. 5.Istitut für Textiltechnik (ITA)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  6. 6.Intitute for Production Technology (IPT)FraunhoferAachenGermany
  7. 7.Istitute of Automatic Control (IRT)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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