Some Open Problems in the Design and Use of Modern Production Systems
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During the past two decades, manufacturing systems have moved towards automation, integration and modularity. These trends will certainly continue in the future due to the constraints of the market and to evolution of the resources and worker requirements. As a consequence, design and use of manufacturing systems are increasingly expensive. Numerous methods and tools have been developed to face up to this situation, but some complementary aids could be provided for designers and manufacturing engineers. The goal of this paper is to present important open problems whose solutions could certainly improve significantly the design and use of the modern production system.