On the factory shop-floor adaptive automation and scheduling plays a sensitive role for production systems' agility, representing the soft layer between the factory physical resources and business processes. A fundamental requirement for adaptive shop-floor solutions is to incorporate a data structure that comprehensively integrates product, process and physical resource information. This paper presents a novel data structure entitled SKEM - STEP compliant Knowledge Engine for Manufacturing, conceived as an abstract, extensible, scalable, multi-granular, integrated and evolving platform. A software tool based on SKEM is tested through a case study to illustrate the benefits of its application for a dynamic manufacturing factory environment.
- STEP-NC standard
- factory automation
- adaptive control
Valente, A., Carpanzano, E., Nassehi, A., & Newman, S. T. (2010). A STEP compliant knowledge based schema to support shop-floor adaptive automation in dynamic manufacturing environments. CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 59(1), 441-444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2010.03.091