A shop floor control (SFC) system software has been developed for installation as a prototype. This provides several improvements in efficiency:
the modular concept provides a kernel with its own database and event manager;
there are definedinterfaces for extended functions;
an analysis of production control philosophies points out that materials requirements planning (MRP) II in combination with short term load oriented order release is the appropriate base for scheduling;
decision rules of 10 companies have been collected in order to build up the knowledge based functions;
simulation is determined to serve as evaluation module for the proposed schedules.
A prototype has been implemented and linked to a MRP system. Special features are modules problem analyser and schedule simulator integrated into the MRP system.
AIMING AT IMPROVING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF SMALL MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES (SMES) AN EFFICIENT SHOP FLOOR CONTROL SYSTEM (SFC) SOFTWARE WILL BE DEVELOPED AND INSTALLED AS A PROTOTYPE.
THE SFC SOFTWARE HAS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A CONTINUOUS OVERVIEW OVER THE SHOP FLOOR SITUATION, HAS TO GENERATE REALISTIC SCHEDULES AND HANDLE THE ENTIRE INFORMATION FLOW IN MODERN WORKSHOPS INCLUDING DNC AND FDA.
TO MEET THESE OBJECTIVES THE SOFTWARE HAS TO RELY ON THE LATEST SOFTWARE ENGINEERING DEVICES SUCH AS DATA BASES AND GRAPHICS IN ORDER TO BECOME HIGHLY MODULAR, EXTENDABLE AND, OVER ALL, USER FRIENDLY FOR THE SFC STAFF.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts