Self-Optimizing Decision-Making in Production Control

  • Günther Schuh
  • Till Potente
  • Sascha Fuchs
  • Christina Thomas
  • Stephan Schmitz
  • Carlo HausbergEmail author
  • Annika Hauptvogel
  • Felix Brambring
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


This paper deals with the concept for self-optimizing decision-making in production planning and control. The concept is based on a value stream that provides real-time production data. This data enables a qualified decision regarding production planning and control. Practice has shown that production systems with a high production process complexity—such as job shop production with low volume production—are difficult to control automatically. Therefore, employees have an important role to play but need to be supported regarding their decision-making. The goal is to highlight relevant decisions and put them into the correct context. An unconventional and interactive illustration that abandons classic numerical key performance indicators helps to derive the correct decisions. Varying levels of detail regarding the depicted data allow the user to “zoom” in or out of the state of his production system. By support of simulation and visualization tools, the aim of this paper is to present a concept for self-optimizing decision-making in production control in order to help user making the right decision.


Self-optimizing Decision-making support Production planning and control Tool for visualization 



The new concept of self-optimizing in production control as well as the described implementation is being investigated by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) within the publicly funded excellence initiative “Integrative production technology for high wage countries” at RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günther Schuh
    • 1
  • Till Potente
    • 1
  • Sascha Fuchs
    • 1
  • Christina Thomas
    • 1
  • Stephan Schmitz
    • 1
  • Carlo Hausberg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Annika Hauptvogel
    • 1
  • Felix Brambring
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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