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Sensors 2017, 17(7), 1500;

SLAE–CPS: Smart Lean Automation Engine Enabled by Cyber-Physical Systems Technologies

Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
China Norinco Group Planning and Research Institute, Beijing 100053, China
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Received: 21 May 2017 / Revised: 21 June 2017 / Accepted: 22 June 2017 / Published: 28 June 2017
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In the context of Industry 4.0, the demand for the mass production of highly customized products will lead to complex products and an increasing demand for production system flexibility. Simply implementing lean production-based human-centered production or high automation to improve system flexibility is insufficient. Currently, lean automation (Jidoka) that utilizes cyber-physical systems (CPS) is considered a cost-efficient and effective approach for improving system flexibility under shrinking global economic conditions. Therefore, a smart lean automation engine enabled by CPS technologies (SLAE–CPS), which is based on an analysis of Jidoka functions and the smart capacity of CPS technologies, is proposed in this study to provide an integrated and standardized approach to design and implement a CPS-based smart Jidoka system. A set of comprehensive architecture and standardized key technologies should be presented to achieve the above-mentioned goal. Therefore, a distributed architecture that joins service-oriented architecture, agent, function block (FB), cloud, and Internet of things is proposed to support the flexible configuration, deployment, and performance of SLAE–CPS. Then, several standardized key techniques are proposed under this architecture. The first one is for converting heterogeneous physical data into uniform services for subsequent abnormality analysis and detection. The second one is a set of Jidoka scene rules, which is abstracted based on the analysis of the operator, machine, material, quality, and other factors in different time dimensions. These Jidoka rules can support executive FBs in performing different Jidoka functions. Finally, supported by the integrated and standardized approach of our proposed engine, a case study is conducted to verify the current research results. The proposed SLAE–CPS can serve as an important reference value for combining the benefits of innovative technology and proper methodology. View Full-Text
Keywords: lean automation; Jidoka; lean production; cyber-physical systems; Internet of things; Industry 4.0 lean automation; Jidoka; lean production; cyber-physical systems; Internet of things; Industry 4.0

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Ma, J.; Wang, Q.; Zhao, Z. SLAE–CPS: Smart Lean Automation Engine Enabled by Cyber-Physical Systems Technologies. Sensors 2017, 17, 1500.

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