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Hierarchical Decision-Making in the Factory of the Future



R Jackson, Albert T. Jones


A major manufacturing research facility is being established at the National Bureau of Standards. The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility will address the standards and measurement needs for the factory of the future. A five-layer hierarchical control architecture is under development to manage all production and support activities within the facility. The proper execution of many of these activities requires the solution to one or more optimization problems. This paper describes a hierarchical planning architecture and the decision-making problems that exist at each level within that architecture.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 3511
Report Number


AMRF, automated manufacturing research facility, factory


Jackson, R. and Jones, A. (1987), Hierarchical Decision-Making in the Factory of the Future, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created December 31, 1986, Updated October 12, 2021