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Constraint-oriented cooperative scheduling for aircraft manufacturing

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4 Author(s)
Esquirol, P. ; Lab. d''Autom. et d''Anal. des Syst., CNRS, Toulouse, France ; Lopez, P. ; Haudot, L. ; Sicard, M.

The flanged element manufacturing workshop at Dassault Aviation's plant in Argenteuil, France, uses a number of short-run manufacturing cycles to produce small quantities of numerous aircraft structural parts. The many manual finishing operations, components, and manufacturing processes involved place a premium on management flexibility and quick reactions for meeting ever-changing production demands. Human operators, therefore, must assume a pivotal role in the workshop's decision making processes. This case study reports on our efforts to converge a top-down approach to functional design and a bottom-up approach to cognitive design of human-computer interactions to increase efficiency at the workshop. The functional design effort relies on a constraint reasoning process to provide a set of decision-making solutions, while the cognitive design effort comprises a knowledge acquisition phase. We combined these concepts to produce a highly interactive mock-up system, programmed with a constraint logic programming language, that lets users easily modify previous choices

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IEEE Expert  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 1 )