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Students in the Factory Floor Laboratory

Factory Floor Laboratory

Director: Dr. Rupy Sawhney

The laboratory has the ability to create alternative physical simulations of manufacturing and supply chain systems. This allows one to model and analyze the complex interactions among the operational variables and as they impact the system KPI’s with an objective of developing Smart Manufacturing Systems.

As part of the Smart Manufacturing Systems concept the laboratory also has the ability to represent this physical system by four information categories.

  1. Complete real time data
  2. Partial real time data
  3. Time based off line data
  4. Computer/simulation based representation of the physical system

This allows the laboratory to experiment with and design management systems that align with the unique product demand and production attributes characterized in the physical system. This ability allows one to understand the value of information  under different production systems and business conditions.