Development of an Integrated Process Planning/Production Scheduling Shell for Agile Manufacturing.
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA ROBOTICS INST
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As companies increase the level of customization in their products, move towards smaller lot production and experiment with more flexible customersupplier arrangements such as those made possible by Electronic Data Interchange EDI, they increasingly require the ability to 1 quickly, accurately and competitively respond to customer requests for bids on new products and 2 rapidly and effectively work out suppliersubcontractor arrangements for these new products. This in turn requires the ability to 1 rapidly convert standard-based product specifications into process plans and machine operations and 2 quickly integrate process plans for new orders into the existing production schedule to best accommodate the current load of the facility, the status and allocation of machines, fixtures and tools, and the availability of raw materials. This paper summarizes initial work towards the development of an Integrated Process PlanningProduction Scheduling IP3S Shell for Agile Manufacturing. The IP3S Shell is designed around an innovative blackboard architecture that emphasizes 1 concurrent development and dynamic revision of integrated process planningproduction scheduling solutions, 2 the use of a common representation for exchanging process planning and production scheduling information, 3 coordination with outside information sources such as customer and 4 mixed initiative decision.
- Administration and Management
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems