Real-time scheduling in a sensorised factory using cloud-based simulation with mobile device access

Snyman, Stephan ; Bekker, James (2017)

CITATION: Snyman, S. & Bekker, J. 2017. Real-time scheduling in a sensorised factory using cloud-based simulation with mobile device access. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 28(4):61-169, doi:10.7166/28-4-1860.

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Scheduling is a challenge that persists in the operational phase of the manufacturing life-cycle. The challenge can be attributed to the complex, dynamic, and stochastic nature of a manufacturing system. Computer simulation is often used to assist with scheduling, as it can sufficiently mimic complex, discrete, dynamic, stochastic processes. We propose an architecture of a real-time simulation scheduling system that incorporates the use of a sensorised-network of a job-shop, mobile devices, and cloud computing with simulation and scheduling methods. A simulation model is also created to describe the environment and operations of a job-shop.

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