Advanced Information Technologies for Industrial Material Flow Systems

  • Shimon Y. Nof
  • Colin L. Moodie

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Nature of Information in Material Flow Systems

  3. Data and Knowledge Methodologies in Material Flow Systems

  4. Robotics and Communications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Ulrich Rembold
      Pages 189-199
    3. Martin-Christoph Wanner, Alexander Schließmann
      Pages 215-222
    4. R. H. Weston, J. D. Gascoigne, C. M. Sumpter, A. Hodgson
      Pages 279-306
  5. Modeling Issues of Specific Material Flow Systems Functions

  6. Integration Models and Techniques

  7. Implementation and Management Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 599-599
    2. Jacques Erschler, François Roubellat
      Pages 651-679
    3. Detlef F. Pape
      Pages 681-690
  8. Research Panel Reports

    1. Shimon Y. Nof, Colin L. Moodie
      Pages 691-710
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 711-713

About these proceedings


This book contains the results of an Advanced Research Workshop that took place in Grenoble, France, in June 1988. The objective of this NATO ARW on Advanced Information Technologies for Industrial Material Flow Systems (MFS) was to bring together eminent research professionals from academia, industry and government who specialize in the study and application of information technology for material flow contro!' The current world status was reviewed and an agenda for needed research was discussed and established. The workshop focused on the following subjects: The nature of information within the material flow domain. Status of contemporary databases for engineering and material flow. Distributed databases and information integration. Artificial intelligence techniques and models for material flow problem solving. Digital communications for material flow systems. Robotics, intelligent systems, and material flow contro!' Material handling and storage systems information and contro!' Implementation, organization, and economic research-issues as related to the above. Material flow control is as important as manufacturing and other process control in the computer integrated environment. Important developments have been occurring internationally in information technology, robotics, artificial intelligence and their application in material flow/material handling systems. In a traditional sense, material flow in manufacturing (and other industrial operations) consists of the independent movement of work-in-process between processing entities in order to fulfill the requirements of the appropriate production and process plans. Generally, information, in this environment, has been communicated from processors to movers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Shimon Y. Nof
    • 1
  • Colin L. Moodie
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Industrial EngineeringPurdue UniversityW. LafayetteUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-74577-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74575-1
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