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Agile manufacturing: General challenges and an IoT@Work perspective

Houyou, A. M., Huth, H-P., Kloukinas, C. , Trsek, H. & Rotondi, D. (2012). Agile manufacturing: General challenges and an IoT@Work perspective. In: UNSPECIFIED (pp. 1-7). IEEE. ISBN 978-1-4673-4735-8 doi: 10.1109/ETFA.2012.6489653


This paper describes the potential impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and architecture on factory automation. Whereas, IoT use cases range from intelligent infrastructure and smart cities to health care and shopping assistants, it is important to note that factory automation could benefit as well from an IoT approach. In this paper, we argue that there will not be one IoT but many IoTs that could differ in the type of infrastructure they are running or applications they support. In IoT@Work we focus on the potential of making manufacturing environments more agile and flexible. We explain how the IoT-centric architecture for manufacturing also needs a deep understanding of the manufacturing system and its state today. We, therefore, do a reverse engineering based on the requirements and the description of the agility expected in the automation system itself.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © 2012 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works. ISSN: 1946-0740 E-ISBN: 978-1-4673-4736-5 Print ISBN: 978-1-4673-4735-8
Publisher Keywords: Internet of Things; Automation; Agility; Modular factory; auto-configuration; Plug-and-Play.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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