Authors: Thorsten Wuest, Daniel Weimer, Christopher Irgens & Klaus-Dieter Thoben


Journal: Production & Manufacturing Research 


Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group




The nature of manufacturing systems faces ever more complex, dynamic and at times even chaotic behaviors. In order to being able to satisfy the demand for high-quality products in an efficient manner, it is essential to utilize all means available. One area, which saw fast pace developments in terms of not only promising results but also usability, is machine learning. Promising an answer to many of the old and new challenges of manufacturing, machine learning is widely discussed by researchers and practitioners alike. However, the field is very broad and even confusing which presents a challenge and a barrier hindering wide application.
Here, this paper contributes in presenting an overview of available machine learning techniques and structuring this rather complicated area. A special focus is laid on the potential benefit, and examples of successful applications in a manufacturing environment.
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Illustration Photo: IBM researchers Ping Zhang (left) and Jianying Hu (right) have been granted U.S. Patent 9,536,194 for an invention that could accelerate discovery of more effective and safer drugs by using machine learning models to predict therapeutic indications and side effects from various drug information sources. (credits: IBM Research / Flickr Creative Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))


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