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A production rule base contains all information needed by the flexible manufacturing system (FMS) to produce a part according to the quality, time and cost expectations. The production rule base feeds the dynamic scheduler with instructions, typically in the form of “if-then-else” and/or “in case of” structures, explaining exactly what needs to be done on the FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System) with “what part,” in “what setup,” on “which machines,” using “which part program,” and in “what order.”

An FMS is a highly automated, distributed and feed-back controlled system of data, information, and physical processors, computers, machine tools, robots and others. The production rule base enables complex decisions of the FMS to be made by the dynamic scheduler on a real-time basis.

See  Flexible automation;  Flexible manufacturing systems;  Manufacturing flexibility;  Manufacturing with flexible systems.


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