Real-time, cooperative enterprises for customised mass production

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The paper discusses the main requirements that are posed by customised mass production towards managing production networks. Special emphasis is put on real-time, cooperative behaviour. We present a large-scale national industry-academia RD project aimed at improving the performance of a production network that produces consumer goods in large quantities and variability. An integrated approach is outlined for planning and scheduling the behaviour of the system at network-, factory- and plant levels, as well as for adapting the various plans and schedules to real execution conditions. Novel, integrated solutions are described for rolling horizon production scheduling of a factory with more than 100 production lines, for real-time control of daily production supported by information fusion and simulation, as well as for cooperative component supply. The industrial deployment of the integrated systems is also presented together with some lessons of their routine application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


  • Coordination
  • Monitoring and control
  • Production network
  • Scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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