The monitoring side of modern manufacturing systems is regarded as the complement to their control side. Monitoring encompasses data collection, data processing to extract semantically meaningful information, and decision making based on such information in order to close the control loop of the manufacturing system, with various extents of human intervention.
Research in manufacturing systems monitoring is current for three reasons, amongst others:
- Different manufacturing system paradigms have recently emerged, in each of which a corresponding paradigm of monitoring may be defined, e.g. reconfigurable manufacturing systems, robotic manufacturing systems including human-robot interaction systems, computer-integrated manufacturing, especially concerning modules with a renewed and augmented role, such as manufacturing execution systems.
- Different manufacturing system simulation paradigms, e.g. digital factories, virtual manufacturing, e-manufacturing, etc. have been envisioned to work either in parallel to real manufacturing systems or as substitutes for larger or smaller parts of them, and their role in monitoring tasks has yet to be explored.
- Advances in hardware and software technology, e.g. sensors, vision, RFID, virtual reality, computational intelligence, etc. enable new capabilities in monitoring and novel applications which were previously unthought of.
This special issue aims to highlight the latest advances in the field of monitoring of manufacturing systems, encompassing mainly technological but also management issues. Papers of purely academic as well as industrial application backgrounds are equally welcome.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- State identification
- Feature extraction for monitoring
- Sensor networks
- Sensor fusion
- Integration of process monitoring and inspection
- Interfaces for discrete event manufacturing system control
The tools and methods concerned are, indicatively:
- Artificial neural networks
- Fuzzy logic/sets
- Virtual/augmented reality
- Petri nets
- Knowledge-based systems
- Machine vision
Optional submission of 150 word abstract for preliminary suitability scanning (by email): 30 April, 2015
Submission of a full paper (online): 30 June, 2015
Author notification: within 40 days of submission