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Smart factories - intelligent manufacturing environments

: Westkämper, E.; Jendoubi, L.; Eissele, M.; Ertl, T.; Niemann, J.

Machine Engineering 5 (2005), No.1-2, pp.114-122
ISSN: 1642-6568
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPA ()
intelligent manufacturing system; manufacturing system; smart factory; Stuttgarter Modell; ubiquitous computing; Produktionsumgebung; Fertigungssystem

Regarding the Stuttgart Model on adaptive enterprises a new perspective with the usage of ubiquitous computing is discussed, which allows the collection and distribution of information and knowledge at all places of work. This information is used to bridge the gap between digital planning and work shop. The approach is a dynamic system that manages production fluctuations using decentralized communication, planning, and information support. Using a meta-model of the smart factory location, sensor integration, and communication structures are developed and integrated into an augment reality device. This provides a decentralized system, that uses intelligent manufacturing equipment in order to accomplish a highly flexible production as well as a feedback tool to further reduce inefficient preparation results. As a result a minimum in complexity, cost and time consumption is created. In this paper, the potential and architecture of smart factories based on wireless communication, location technologies, augmented reality, and integrated sensors will be presented with a focus on management of mobile resources in the production environment.