This project aims to develop hierarchically structured shop-floor control systems (SFCs) designed on the basis of open system architectures. The systems architecture and application environments will be selected to meet the needs of SMEs, and the testbeds chosen will also be largely representative of this type of enterprise.
User needs are very varied, resulting from different manufacturing environments, levels of application and degrees of other EDP systems support. For a shop-floor control system to be adaptable to all these needs, the system architecture must be:
- open, to allow interfacing within multi-vendors systems
- modular, to allow optimum adaptation to present and future user requirements
- use accepted standards for operating systems, user interfaces, databases, communications networks and protocols, etc.
In all these areas, relevant developments within ESPRIT, especially in AMICE (projects 688 and 5288) will be considered in the conceptual design of the system.
SFC systems are intended to assist the workforce in taking over more responsible work. Thus their installation must not only be permitted by the workers, but be acknowledged as real improvement and enrichment. This requires some efforts with respect to the involvement of the workforce, where the project will draw on significant experiences gained with the introduction of similar systems at the Mercedes-Benz company.
The main objectives are to:
- provide efficient support in shop-floor planning, monitoring and control
- achieve better throughput and delivery times, resource utilisation and adaptability to customer needs
- provide a more open system than presently available, that will be future-safe and allow re-use of its constituent building-blocks
- supply and validate tools for customisation of SFC systems.
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