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A Neural Network Based Cell Controller for Automated Manufacturing Cells



Albert T. Jones, Yuehwern Yih, Ying Sun


In this paper, we describe an adaptive controller for automated manufacturing cells. The controller inputs desired performance targets and job characteristics and outputs tasks sequences for each piece of equipment in the cell. It contains an adjustment module to rank performance measures and a collection of dispatchers to generate the task sequences. The rankings are done dynamically based on the current cell status. The task sequences are generated using neural networks. After we describe the controller, we discuss the results of some simulation studies which show how well it performs.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5718
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automated manufacturing cell controller, dispatcher, neural net, scheduling


Jones, A. , Yih, Y. and Sun, Y. (1995), A Neural Network Based Cell Controller for Automated Manufacturing Cells, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created May 31, 1995, Updated October 12, 2021