Title: Human oriented production system architecture

Authors: Eiji Arai, Hidefumi Wakamatsu, Masayuki Takata, Keiichi Shirase

Addresses: Dept. of Manufacturing Science, Graduate School of Eng., Osaka Univ., 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan. Dept. of Manufacturing Science, Graduate School of Eng., Osaka Univ., 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan. Information Processing Center, The Univ. of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan, Dept. of Manufacturing Science, Graduate School of Eng., Osaka Univ., 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

Abstract: Today|s factories have been aiming to fully automate production processes; however, the number of factories depending primarily on manual work will also be increasing. Therefore, it is necessary to develop management methods which both effectively use production facilities and provide job satisfaction for workers. This paper introduces the management structure for human-oriented production systems and explains how to assign jobs in such systems. The proposed structure includes two technologies: a factory communication network using the active database system and a dynamic scheduling method to guarantee the workers| satisfaction. The active database system is used to gather real-time information on the floor and deliver ongoing schedules to workers in order to collect their response for dynamic scheduling.

Keywords: human-oriented; production system; system architecture; dynamic scheduling; active database; working satisfaction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2000.000996

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2000 Vol.1 No.1, pp.90-98

Available online: 13 Dec 2003 *

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