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Programmable Manufacturing Advisor—A Tool for Automating Decision-Making in Production Systems


Programmable Manufacturing Advisor (PMA) is a device intended to automate decision-making in manufacturing environment. Programming and installing a PMA at any production system makes it smart: it becomes capable of self-diagnosing and providing the Operations Manager with an advice for achieving the desired productivity improvement. In this paper, theoretical/analytical foundations of PMA are outlined, its software/hardware implementations are commented upon, and demonstrations of PMA-based Smart Production Systems are provided using an automotive underbody assembly system and a hot-dip galvanization plant.

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The work of P. Alavian and S.M. Meerkov was supported in part by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, grant no. 70NANB17H214. The work of L. Zhang was supported in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, grant no. 70NANB18H024.

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Correspondence to P. Alavian, Yongsoon Eun, S. M. Meerkov or Liang Zhang.

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Russian Text © The Author(s), 2019, published in Avtomatika i Telemekhanika, 2019, No. 11, pp. 3–23.

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Alavian, P., Eun, Y., Meerkov, S.M. et al. Programmable Manufacturing Advisor—A Tool for Automating Decision-Making in Production Systems. Autom Remote Control 80, 1929–1948 (2019).

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  • decision-making automation
  • analytical theory of production systems
  • smart production systems
  • industry 4.0