ARUM

Adaptive pRodUction Management

(duration: 09-2012 – 09-2015 // funding: FP7 – Smart Factories – Energy-Aware, Agile Manufacturing and Customisation)

ARUM Adaptive Production Management

Manufacturing complexity

The ARUM project aims to improve planning and control systems for the manufacturing of complex, small-lot products, such as aircraft, aircraft interiors, and ships.

Producing aircraft is incomparable to producing large-quantity products such as cars or computers. A car manufacturer makes a relatively small investment in design and production ramp-up (the phase between designing a prototype and smooth production of the final product line), compared to the number of cars it eventually sells. A company like Airbus faces a similar investment, even though it will only sell a small number of aircraft of the same design. Ships and aircraft are often produced in batches as small as 3 to 5, or are even completely customized.

Small-lot manufacturers thus need ICT solutions and tools to speed up their learning curve, allowing a smoother transit from design to production. They simply cannot learn from mistakes at the beginning of a series, but must get it right on the very first model.

Some of the issues that these tools need to deal with include:

> last-minute engineering changes

new or changing requests by customer

delayed delivery of parts

little control over pre-assembly by partners.

Approach

ARUM proposes to develop an intelligent Enterprise Service-Based platform (i-ESB). The platform will integrate a service-based architecture with a knowledge-based Multi-Agent System.

The i-ESB platform will gather information from sources such as sensors and resource management systems, giving decision makers and planners better insight into and control over the design-to-production process. Also, time-, cost- and risk-analysis will take place within the platform.

The project has a double approach, making use of both prediction (in the pre-planning phase) and real-time control (in the production phase).

Almende's efforts

Within the project, Almende's main focus is on the architecture of the multi-agent system. Futher,  Almende is involved in the development of user-friendly interfaces, and simulation tools for self-organized distributed multi-project scheduling of manufacturing processes. These simulators must be able to robustly handle all information in real-time.

Links

ARUM project website

Partners

EADS logoAirbus logoCerticon logo

Iacobucci logoModula Galley Systems logoTIE Kinetix logo

Smart Solutions logoFachhochschule Köln logoP3 logo

Manchester University logoInstituto Politécnico de BragancaICCS Athens logo

Czech Technical University logoFernUniversität Hagen logo

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The ARUM project has received a positive second year review from the European Union. Almende developed the multi-agent system MIDAS for this European research project.

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