SOMA: an organic and autonomous approach to manufacturing planning and control

  • A. A. Queiroz
  • H. A. Lepikson
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The complexity of manufacturing systems overload their structure and impose hard conditions for their routine operation. This paper first analyses this problem and proposes a new approach for planning and operating manufacturing systems, based on the dynamic aggregation of autonomous manufacturing units working in a co-operative, negotiated way based on the attendance of the present and prospective market needs. Then it sets out a system architecture and introduces a methodology for the shop floor planning and control which is capable both of meeting the objectives and constraints of these autonomous units with enhanced synergy and of keeping the system’s integrity.


Distributed manufacturing shop floor planning and control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Queiroz
  • H. A. Lepikson
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  1. 1.UFSC/GRUCON- Federal University at Santa Catarina StateResearch Group on Numerical Control and Industrial AutomationFlorianopolisBrazil

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