Holonic-based flexible allocation of workforce in labourintensive manufacturing shop floors

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Abstract

Assembly-based operations, in one-off and batch production, are mostly served by labour-intensive industries. The throughput performances of those industries are highly dependent on the performance of the labour on the job and the availability of the workers. The most significant threat to those industries is the sudden unavailability of skilled labour. Through a flexible workforce allocation system, such disturbances can be attenuated. This paper presents a workforce allocation system developed from the concepts of holonic manufacturing systems and PROSA reference architecture. The system is tested using a specifically developed C++ object-oriented software. Production data were gathered from the case study of a large computer manufacturing factory and used to simulate the proposed system. The paper then presents a comparison of the factory conventional method of workforce allocation and the proposed holonic workforce allocation system.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Conference Digest
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: 9 Oct 201112 Oct 2011

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period9/10/1112/10/11

Keywords

  • Holonic Manufacturing System, Object-oriented programming, Workforce Allocation