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Models for Integrating Scheduling and Shop Floor Data Collection



Frank H. Riddick, V. Lourenco


Increasing shop floor efficiency through scheduling has become one of the major concerns of manufacturing companies. Two of the problems that manufacturers have to overcome are 1) it is difficult to input the information needed for scheduling into the scheduling applications and 2) once a schedule has been produced there is no way to react to changes in the shop floor environment that occurred after the schedule has been started. Methods to facilitate the transfer of data for the production of initial schedules must be devised along with methods to reschedule based on updated information from the shop floor. To address these problems, a project is underway at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to facilitate the development of reactive scheduling systems. This paper will present a model which describes shop floor status data and a model defining a simple message protocol for communicating shop floor status information. Implementation issues and vendor involvement in the development of these models will also be discussed.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of The 16th IASTED International Conference
Conference Dates
February 17-19, 1997
Conference Location
Innsbruck, 1, AU


Express, modeling, scheduling, shop floor


Riddick, F. and Lourenco, V. (1997), Models for Integrating Scheduling and Shop Floor Data Collection, Proceedings of The 16th IASTED International Conference, Innsbruck, 1, AU, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created January 31, 1997, Updated October 12, 2021