Abstract

Manufacturing companies must ensure high productivity and low production cost in rapidly changing market conditions. At the same time products and services are evolving permanently. In order to cope with those circumstances, manufacturers should apply the principles of smart manufacturing together with continuous processes improvement. Smart manufacturing is a concept where production is no longer highly labor-intensive and based only on flexible manufacturing systems, but production as a whole process should be monitored and controlled with sophisticated information technology, integrated on all stages of the product life cycle. Process improvements in Smart Manufacturing are heavily reliance on decisions, which can be achieved by using modeling and simulation of systems with different analyzing tools based on Big Data processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

This study was performed to automate an estimation process and improve the accuracy for production cell’s performance evaluation. Although there have been researches performed in the same field, the substantial estimation process outcome and accuracy still need to be elaborated further.

In this article a robot integrated production cell simulation framework is developed. A developed system is used to simulate production cell parametric models in the real-life situations. A set of rules and constraints are created and inserted into the simulation model. Data for the constraints were acquired by investigating industries’ best production cells performance parameters. Information was gathered in four main fields: company profile and strategy, cell layout and equipment, manufactured products process data and shortcomings of goal achievements or improvement necessary to perform. From those parametric case model, a 3D virtual manufacturing simulation model is built and simulated for achieving accurate results.

The integration of manufacturing data into decision making process through advanced prescriptive analytics models is a one of the future tasks of this study. The integration makes it possible to use “best practice” data and obtained Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) results to find the optimal solutions in real manufacturing conditions. The objective is to find the best solution of robot integrated cell for a certain industry using AI enabled simulation model. It also helps to improve situation assessment and deliberated decision-making mechanism.

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