- Digital Robot IPOsystem. Autonomous decision system
AI SUPPORTED DECISION MECHANIZM INSTEAD OF PRODUCTION SCHEDULING
Organization of production in modern factories is a complex process involving a team of people responsible for technology, planning and supervision, supported by various procedures and tools. Production is usually based on a schedule created by planners, which is then implemented in the production halls. Each production plan is, by its definition, a simulation of the future based on a number of assumptions, among others, availability of resources in given time, normative times of technological operations, or delivery of required materials within the expected time frame. Each new, urgent order, change of the deadline or other deviation from the plan requires its change, i.e. the re-planning carried out by scheduling. Due to the high dynamics of changes in the basic planning parameters, the production managers, despite the support of modern ERP, APS and MES class systems, are constantly struggling with exceeded deadlines for orders and inefficiency in the form of incomplete use of employees' time caused by downtimes and micro-downtimes. Even the most modern scheduling tools are not able to convert a huge amount of data in a very short time, so planners must constantly choose between the accuracy and speed of work of these systems, which has a fundamental impact on the quality of planning and management. Such management model generates high fixed indirect costs resulting from the need to employ the necessary specialists in the area of planning and supervision.
The solution to this problem is the implementation of a digital robot - based on narrow artificial intelligence, autonomous decision-making system that independently, without the participation of planners creating production schedules and direct supervision personel manages the work of employees and machines in production halls. IPOsystem makes optimal decisions regarding the order of implementation and selection of resources for individual technological activities in real time. Each employee, after reporting to the system, is immediately instructed to carry out the optimal technological operation at a given moment.
Employees may use various technologies to interact with the system: terminals, tablets, smartphones, machine controller displays, personal computers and in the near future augmented reality and voice commands. Through them, the IPOsystem communicates autonomously decisions and allows the introduction of additional reports and information. The system also enables the collection and use of data directly from machines and the independent control of machines and robots in processes carried out without human participation
Such system operation is possible only because the calculation of the release of subsequent works is optimized and implemented in real time, without scheduling!
IPOsystem is a key tool for digitizing production areas. The intelligent decision algorithms used in IPOsystem as well as innovative tools for tracking the current state of resources in production halls make the idea of autonomous, remotely managed factories become a reality.