An Integrated Process-Planning/Production-Scheduling Shell for Agile Manufacturing.
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA ROBOTICS INST
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Increased reliance on agile manufacturing techniques has created a demand for systems to solve integrated process planning and production scheduling problems in large scale dynamic environments. To be effective, these systems should provide user oriented interactive functionality for managing the various user tasks and objectives and reacting to unexpected events. This paper describes the mixed-initiative problem solving features of IP3S an Integrated Process Planning Production Scheduling shell for agile manufacturing. IP3S is a blackboard-based system that supports the concurrent development and dynamic revision of integrated process planning and production scheduling solutions and the maintenance of multiple problem instances and solutions, as well as other flexible user oriented decision making capabilities, allowing the user to control the scope of the problem and explore alternate tradeoffs what-if scenarios interactively. The system is scheduled for initial deployment and evaluation in a large and highly dynamic machine shop at Raytheons Andover manufacturing facility.
- Administration and Management
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems