Impact on manufacturing execution systems through the use of smart connected devices
Abstract: The recent development of smart connected devices, in this paper defined as cyberphysical systems (CPS), within the context of Industry 4.0 presents an opportunity for the manufacturing industry to reach new levels of efficiency. The introduction of novel technologies onto the factory floor will however affect the manufacturing execution systems (MES) currently deployed. There exists an uncertainty whether the existing MES are able to be integrated with these new technologies. This paper aims to identify and investigate the main areas affected by the integration of CPS and MES. The results, gained through scientific studies as well as interviews with segments of concerned industry and researchers, allowed us to identify six areas that will be affected. Out of the six areas, two have evolved as to be of most interest, namely architectural integration of systems and the human resource area, since change within the other four areas depend on them. We found that an integration of CPS and MES will not be possible unless two key factors are considered, a standardization of communication between systems and a knowledgeable, open minded and inter-communicating workforce.
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