The authors consider independent knowledge bases operating on separate work stations networked together within the domain of knowledge-based scheduling. The scheduling problem is addressed through distributed knowledge bases that have an ability to pass information back and forth between small knowledge bases functioning at different decision-making levels. A small manufacturing plant is conceptualized in order to experiment with this process. The general outline and areas of the manufacturing shop are shown. The domain specific area for the knowledge bases is to optimize the scheduling of work at each work station in order to meet a weekly quota. Automatic guided vehicle, circuit board assembly, and mill and lathe work cells are discussed.

Meeting Name

IEEE International Conference on Systems Engineering, 1989


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Assembling; Automatic Guided Vehicles; Circuit Board Assembly; Decision Support Systems; Decision-Making; Distributed Knowledge Bases; Distributed Processing; Intelligent Manufacturing; Knowledge Based Systems; Lathe Work Cells; Manufacturing Data Processing; Mill; Optimisation; Printed Circuit Manufacture; Scheduling

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jan 1989