Towards the Swarm Production Paradigm

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In this paper, we propose a new production paradigm called Swarm Production. A swarm production system employs both dynamic part routing and movable workstations. This allows it to adjust its topology during operation, in contrast to existing flexible production paradigms such as matrix production and reconfigurable manufacturing systems where the topology is defined during setup. Run-time optimization of the topology yields an unprecedented ability to quickly adapt to fluctuating demands or new production constraints. We present a formal definition of the swarm production paradigm and outline a preliminary roadmap by highlighting key research challenges imposed by swarm production. Finally, we present an exemplifications of a swarm production system in terms of key technologies and systems, based on an existing customisable product.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference : CARV2021
Number of pages8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Aug 2021


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