Requirements Of The Computer Aided Manufacturing Systems With A Special Focus On Mes Functionality

1626 WordsApr 10, 20167 Pages
Nowadays, the rapidly changing environment requires rapid changes in manufacturing systems. Industries must adapt their manufacturing systems to maximise their productivity and the profitability of production. Customers increasingly require a shorter time to market. The changes include shorter product life-cycles, increasing requirements for quality, increasing the customisation of products, the faster implementation of advanced technology and optimising the cost of energy. These expanding options affect materials, processes and interfaces to product models and often the resulting products must be produced in a number of variants. In this chapter section the authors review the requirements of the computer-aided manufacturing systems with a special focus on MES functionality. The authors compare MES conceptual models given by standardisation organisations with new architectural concepts. The authors place a special emphasis on a research to create a heterarchical agent and holon-based architectures that support the functionality of the manufacturing execution. The traditional design of the IT architecture used by industry is hierarchical and cannot easily be adapted to changes that are implemented in production. Such problems have also been found at Continental Ingolstadt. Continental use a classical MES to support mass production and therefore any change in the underlying process forces the introduction of new patches in the MES. This means that the existing system cannot be

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