Intelligent Scheduling for Manufacturing Systems: A Case Study
The aim of this paper is the presentation of a scheduling method, its implementation to a software system, and its application to a commercial refrigerator factory. The method employs the modeling of the factory’s resources and the assignment of the workload of the resources in a hierarchical fashion. The developed software system simulates the operations of the factory and provides a schedule for the manufacturing system’s resources. The system is integrated with a holistic virtual platform, namely Virtual Factory Framework that allows it to exchange data related to product, process, resources, and key performance indicators along with other software components also integrated with the Virtual Factory Framework. A set of digital scheduling experiments with data, coming from a real manufacturing system are conducted in order to validate the proposed method and the implemented system under different operational conditions.
KeywordsProduct Model Schedule Strategy Short Process Time Enterprise Resource Planning System Collaborative Virtualized Environment
The research reported in this paper has been funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No: NMP2 2010-228595, Virtual Factory Framework (VFF).
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