Title: Design of measurement system for quality improvement in multi-stage manufacturing systems

Authors: Shichang Du, Lifeng Xi, Ershun Pan, C. Richard Liu

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China. ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China. ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China. ' School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

Abstract: Wireless networks have been undergoing tremendous growth during the past few years, and have significantly transformed many aspects of manufacturing processes. The measurement system based on wireless data collection provides unprecedented opportunities for Multi-Stage Manufacturing Systems (MMSs) to control the product quality. The related issues of the state-of-the-art practice, research challenges, and future directions related to software infrastructure of wireless sensing measurement system are discussed in this paper, which includes strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of wireless sensing measurement, design of wireless sensing measurement, data management, information processing and decision making etc. Two examples based on the authors| research experiences are also presented.

Keywords: wireless sensing measurement; quality improvement; sensor placement; data management; information processing; decision making; multi-stage manufacturing; wireless networks; wireless data collection; product quality; RFID; radio frequency identification.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRFITA.2009.025150

International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications, 2009 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.165 - 182

Available online: 14 May 2009 *

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