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Autonomous product manufacturing cycle - an integrated approach to process planning and production control

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2 Author(s)
Windt, K. ; Sch. of Eng. & Sci., Jacobs Univ. Bremen, Bremen, Germany ; Jeken, O.

The complexity of nowadays logistics processes calls for new approaches to improve the logistics performance. The concept of autonomous logistics processes has proven to be a promising way to cope with these challenges. In this paper the idea of autonomous product manufacturing will be presented with a special focus on an integrated approach to process planning and production control. In particular we introduce a new way to let products decide by themselves what to become and how. Based on current findings in flexible and reconfigurable process planning, a framework for autonomous production will be presented. Following a critical discussion of the contributions and limitations of the proposed approach further research will be addressed.

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Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM), 2010 IEEE International Conference on

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7-10 Dec. 2010