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Customized Control of Manufacturing Orders in a Production Line Under OS/2

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108282D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Varan, J: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an OS/2* application called the Production Control process. The Production Control process controls and monitors the progress of orders on a typical production line (Build Orders).

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Customized Control of Manufacturing Orders in a Production Line Under OS/2

       Disclosed is an OS/2* application called the Production
Control process.  The Production Control process controls and
monitors the progress of orders on a typical production line (Build
Orders).

      A build order is a request to complete a specific manufacturing
task.  For example, assembling 100 personal computers, or palletizing
boxes until all boxes are palletized, can be build orders.  Build
orders may be entered into a system by an operator, or they may be
sent by external host systems. Generally, a build order will trigger
various activities throughout the system.  Parts delivery, material
movement, assembly, testing and packaging are examples of the
activities that may take place in order to complete a build order.
In some cases, a build order may be broken into smaller build orders
and distributed to different parts of the system for completion.
Regardless, how a build order is handled, there is a mechanism that
tracks and controls the progress of the build order throughout the
system.  This mechanism is the Production Control process.
Typically, a build order can be completed in a finite number of steps
and operations which can be carried out in a predefined sequence.
These steps can be represent ed with a state-action table.  A
state-action table is a file which defines a number of states that
are required to complete a build order.  The Production Control
process interprets the state-action table to monitor and control the
progress of the build order.  Each state in this table has three
fields associated with it; an action, an expected result and the next
state.  The state-action table is interpreted as follows.  When a
state is entered, the corresponding action is performed.  The
performed action returns a result.  If the return...