CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2014 Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart

Autonomous Production Control

  • Bernd Scholz-Reiter
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The dynamic and structural complexity of production and logistics networks makes it very difficult to provide all information necessary for a central planning and control instance. It requires, therefore, adaptive production and logistic processes including autonomous capabilities for the decentralized coordination of autonomous objects in a heterarchical structure. The autonomy of the objects can be realized by novel communication technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and wireless communication networks. These and others permit and require new control strategies and autonomous decentralized control systems for production and logistic processes. In this setting, aspects like flexibility, adaptivity, and reactivity to dynamically changing external influences while maintaining the global goals are of central interest (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd Scholz-Reiter
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  1. 1.Department of Planning and Control of Production SystemsUniversity of Bremen and BIBABremenGermany