Automated support for layout selection and configuration of chained production systems at the stage of rough planning

Project title Automated support for layout selection and configuration of chained production systems at the stage of rough planning (AutoKon)
Project duration 01.10.2012 – 30.09.2014
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If a plant operator plans to acquire a new production system, he first asks for bids from different suppliers. Based on the requirements the suppliers create a rough planning, in a rough layout and the appropriate resources are selected. The offer is created with minimal time and expense. Depending on the requirements of the customers different layout variations and configurations of the system are then compared. To reduce the amount of planning work and the high planning costs, a procedure should be developed in this research project, that supports the system designer in the general planning phase. Using the techniques of data mining the layout selection and configuration should be automated. The knowledge of experienced plant designers was used as a base to get to the AI-based algorithms and so to make the expert knowledge available for automation. The software, which was developed in the project, should also allow the reconfiguration and optimization of existing plants.

Publications about the project

The first challenge in the planning process of production systems is the creation of a rough draft of the system with minimal time and cost. From this an offer for the customer is then derived. This article describes a model-based approach for rough planning and its demonstrative implementation. The approach allows modeling at a high abstraction level. This reduces the modeling effort, the possible modeling errors and the documentation effort considerably.

production system, operations planning, performance prediction, simulation, variant documentation

Sponsor

The IGF project 16766 N of the Association for the Promotion of Applied Information Science (GFaI) was funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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