A Review of Function Blocks for Process Planning and Control of Manufacturing Equipment

Moore, Philip and Wang, Lihui and Adamson, Göran and Holm, Magnus (2012) A Review of Function Blocks for Process Planning and Control of Manufacturing Equipment. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 31 (3). ISSN 0278-6125

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Abstract / Summary

Manufacturing in a job-shop environment is often characterized by a large variety of products in small batch sizes, requiring real-time monitoring for dynamic distributed decision making, and adaptive control capabilities that are able to handle, in a responsive way, different kinds of uncertainty, such as changes in demand and variations in production capability and functionality. In many manufacturing systems, traditional methods, based on offline processing performed in advance, are used. These methods are not up to the standard of handling uncertainty, in the dynamically changing environment of these manufacturing systems. Using real-time manufacturing intelligence and information to perform at a maximum level, with a minimum of unscheduled downtime, would be a more effective approach to handling the negative performance impacts of uncertainty. The objective of our research is to develop methodologies for distributed, adaptive and dynamic process planning as well as machine monitoring and control for machining and assembly operations, using event-driven function blocks. The implementation of this technology is expected to increase productivity, as well as flexibility and responsiveness in a job-shop environment. This paper, in particular, presents the current status in this field and a comprehensive overview of our research work on function block-enabled process planning and execution control of manufacturing equipment.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jmsy.2012.02.004
Uncontrolled Keywords: process planning
ISSN: 0278-6125
Subjects: Technology
Depositing User: Philip Moore
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 10:23
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 10:23
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/725

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