Expert system and method for batch production scheduling and planning

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5148370
SERIAL NO

07725224

Stats

ATTORNEY / AGENT: (SPONSORED)

Importance

Loading Importance Indicators... loading....

Abstract

See full text

A method employed by an expert system for batch scheduling the multiple-pass manufacture of a plurality of parts (12) by at least one parts process (22), where the parts (12) have a plurality of delivery dates and the parts (12) and parts processor (22) have a plurality of production constraints variable during manufacture, includes creating a knowledge base of select characteristics of the parts processor and parameters of the parts, and generating a plurality of rules expressing a scheduling and planning strategy that substantially satisfies parts delivery dates, substantially maximizes use of the parts processor, substantially maximizes part throughput, substantially minimizes energy utilization of the parts processor and meets the production constraints. Parts (12) suitable for simultaneous processing by the parts processor are combined into all possible preferred combinations by applying a first plurality of the rules to the knowledge base. Preferred combinations are scheduled for manufacture in batches by applying a second plurality of the rules to the knowledge base.

Loading the Abstract Image... loading....

First Claim

See full text

Family

Loading Family data... loading....

Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
The Standard Oil CompanyCHICAGO, IL44

International Classification(s)

  • [Classification Symbol]
  • [Patents Count]

Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bond, David C University Heights, OH 2 172
Chung, Jack C Solon, OH 2 172
Leininger, Gary G Solon, OH 3 199
Litt, Maria Cleveland Hts., OH 2 172

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 4509123 Automated tracking process for manufacturing and inventory 121 1983
* 4648023 Method for resource allocation for the manufacture of a product 55 1986
 
AMERICAN BUSINESS COMPUTER CORPORATION, A CORP. OF FL (1)
* 4459663 Data processing machine and method of allocating inventory stock for generating work orders for producing manufactured components 121 1981
 
ANALOG DEVICES, INC. (1)
* 4646238 Material requirements planning system and procedures for use in process industries 74 1984
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

Forward Cite Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (6)
* 6311095 System and method for simulation and modeling of biopharmaceutical batch process manufacturing facilities 22 1998
6983229 Method for scheduling solution preparation in biopharmaceutical batch process manufacturing 10 1998
6311093 System and method for simulation, modeling and scheduling of equipment maintenance and calibration in biopharmaceutical batch process manufacturing facilities 22 1998
* 6445968 Task manager 41 1999
6662061 System and method for simulation and modeling of batch process manufacturing facilities using process time lines 23 1999
7313505 System and method for simulation and modeling of manufacturing facilities using process time lines 1 2003
 
NIHON CLIN CO., LTD. (1)
* 2004/0177,006 Parts kit production support system and program using associated parts identification data and shelf position identification data 0 2004
 
BIOS GROUP LP (1)
* 6125351 System and method for the synthesis of an economic web and the identification of new market niches 39 1998
 
ASHTON-TATE (1)
* 5634021 System and methods for generation of design images based on user design inputs 28 1991
 
GRAND SLAM, SERIES 78 OF ALLIED SECURITY TRUST I (1)
* 5991732 Strategical-tactical logistic system 48 1995
 
BORLAND SOFTWARE CORPORATION (1)
* 5499366 System and methods for generation of design images based on user design inputs 75 1994
 
TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD. (1)
7343353 Method to turn off machines during-turn down period while achieving minimum cost and required cycle time 3 2002
 
HITACHI, LTD. (4)
* 5357439 Custom-made manufacturing system and custom-made manufacturing method 52 1991
* 5586025 Rule-based electronic agent system and method thereof 35 1992
* 5576965 Method and apparatus for aiding of designing process 53 1993
* 7241044 Production control system of autonomous and decentralized type 3 1995
 
VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (9)
* 6594537 Automated tissue assay using standardized chemicals and packages 81 1998
7270785 Automated molecular pathology apparatus having fixed slide platforms 33 2002
7303725 Automated high volume slide staining system 55 2003
7378055 Automated molecular pathology apparatus having fixed slide platforms 50 2003
7468161 Automated high volume slide processing system 35 2005
8663991 Automated high volume slide processing system 1 2005
7404927 Automated molecular pathology apparatus having fixed slide platforms 31 2005
8048373 Automated high volume slide staining system 4 2007
9528918 Automated high volume slide processing system 0 2013
 
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY (3)
* 5463555 System and method for integrating a business environment with a process control environment 200 1993
* 6141647 System and method for integrating a business environment, a process control environment, and a laboratory environment 115 1996
6345259 System and method for integrating business and manufacturing environments 65 2000
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION (1)
* 5619695 Method and apparatus for scheduling resources 48 1994
 
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA (5)
* 5495430 Process time estimating apparatus 25 1992
* 5528489 Method of and apparatus for scheduling parts deliverer running and method of managing parts deliverers 27 1994
* 5913200 System for and method of working out production start plans 3 1996
* 7668743 Demand-production scheme planning apparatus, and storage medium 0 2000
* 2001/0020,230 Demand-production scheme planning apparatus, and storage medium 24 2000
 
American Greetings Corporation (4)
5726898 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving and delivering product data based on embedded expert judgements 120 1994
5550746 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data by correlating customer selection criteria with optimum product designs based on embedded expert judgments 291 1994
5768142 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data based on embedded expert suitability ratings 230 1995
5875110 Method and system for vending products 202 1995
 
NEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
* 5930137 Work supplying method and apparatus to batch process apparatus for semiconductor wafer with preferential treatment to time critical lots 10 1996
 
ABSTRAX, INC. (1)
* 6240328 Manufacturing method for assembling products by generating and scheduling dynamically assembly instructions 26 1995
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (5)
* 5630070 Optimization of manufacturing resource planning 267 1993
* 5461699 Forecasting using a neural network and a statistical forecast 114 1993
7546255 Inventory system 6 2003
* 2004/0059,650 Inventory system 1 2003
8938314 Smart energy consumption management 0 2011
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (3)
* 7848836 Scheduling system and work order scheduling protocol for such a system 3 2005
* 2008/0091,289 Scheduling System and Work Order Scheduling Protocol for Such a System 5 2005
* 2010/0217,418 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SCHEDULING A MANUFACTURING PROCESS 5 2010
 
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (1)
7505827 Automated finite capacity scheduler 14 1998
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
* 5568381 Combinatorial optimization system that extracts an undersirable relationship from a present solution 5 1994
 
GREENFIELD DIVERSIFIED, LLC (1)
* 5737227 Software planning program for coatings 25 1996
 
DELL PRODUCTS L.P. (1)
* 2010/0249,969 Work Content Variation Control System 0 2009
 
FUJI XEROX CO., LTD. (1)
* 8015050 Operation supporting system and operation supporting method 0 2005
 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (1)
* 5586221 Predictive control of rolling mills using neural network gauge estimation 33 1994
 
THE BOEING COMPANY (3)
* 6983189 Systems and methods for manufacturing a product in a pull and push manufacturing system and associated methods and computer program products for modeling the same 3 2002
* 2003/0233,159 Systems and methods for manufacturing a product in a pull and push manufacturing system and associated methods and computer program products for modeling the same 0 2002
8738410 Methods and systems for managing electronic work instructions for manufacture of product 0 2007
 
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY (1)
* 6529877 Equipment allocation system 26 1998
 
JCIT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
* RE36360 Method for determining flexible demand in a manufacturing process 12 1997
 
AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH (2)
7904192 Finite capacity scheduling using job prioritization and machine selection 18 2004
* 2005/0154,625 Finite capacity scheduling using job prioritization and machine selection 40 2004
 
JDA SOFTWARE GROUP, INC (21)
* 5630123 Software system utilizing a filtered priority queue and method of operation 52 1994
6188989 System and method for managing available to promised product (ATP) 57 1995
* 5845258 Strategy driven planning system and method of operation 57 1995
* 5832532 Model-independent and interactive report generation system and method of operation 34 1995
* 5764543 Extensible model network representation system for process planning 98 1995
* 6167380 System and method for allocating manufactured products to sellers 113 1997
* 6055533 Software system utilizing a filtered priority queue and method of operation 15 1997
* 5983194 Planning coordination systems for coordinating separate factory planning systems and a method of operation 74 1997
* 5930156 Extensible model network representation system for process planning 45 1998
* 5937155 Interactive report generation system and method of operation 26 1998
7039602 Configuring products with default sections determined according to optimization functions 24 1999
6963847 System and method for managing ATP data in a distributed supply chain planning environment 55 1999
7085729 System and method for allocating manufactured products to sellers 47 2000
8423395 System and method for managing data associated with available to-promise (ATP) products 0 2000
7043444 Synchronization of planning information in a high availability planning and scheduling architecture 3 2001
7024371 High availability planning and scheduling architecture 1 2001
* 2002/0152,103 High availability planning and scheduling architecture 0 2001
* 2002/0152,104 Synchronization of planning information in a high availability planning and scheduling architecture 52 2001
7065499 Intelligent order promising 17 2001
7249044 Fulfillment management system for managing ATP data in a distributed supply chain environment 128 2001
* 2002/0042,756 Fulfillment management system for managing ATP data in a distributed supply chain environment 74 2001
 
BIOPHARM SERVICES LIMITED (1)
* 7376548 Methods and apparatus for simulating industrial processes 5 2001
 
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (1)
* 5442561 Production management system and its application method 140 1993
 
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. (1)
* 5671361 Priority rule search technique for resource constrained project scheduling 69 1995
 
APPLIED MATERIALS, INC. (1)
* 7477956 Methods and apparatus for enhancing electronic device manufacturing throughput 12 2005
 
MITSUBISHI DENKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA (3)
* 5325304 Production instructing apparatus for feeding required quantities of materials to meet an appointed delivery date 47 1991
* 5436842 Method of and apparatus for indicating number of blanks to be introduced for products, and manufacturing system using the same 1 1994
* 5375062 Method and apparatus for forming lot 29 1994
 
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (6)
* 5402350 Scheduling for multi-task manufacturing equipment 44 1991
* 5586021 Method and system for production planning 82 1992
* 5359524 Method and system for determining an average batch size 4 1992
* 6266646 Method and apparatus for providing choices for a facility 0 1993
* 5444632 Apparatus and method for controlling and scheduling processing machines 73 1994
* 5826040 Method and system for production planning 55 1995
 
Omega Software Technologies, Inc. (1)
* 6061506 Adaptive strategy-based system 61 1995
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (1)
* 5574640 Case-based scheduling method for creating a schedule 13 1994
 
PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC. (4)
7249470 Method of controlling liquid production utilizing an expert system controller 1 2005
* 2006/0225,462 Method of controlling liquid production utilizing an expert system controller 0 2005
7448230 Method of controlling liquid production utilizing an expert system controller 1 2007
* 2007/0186,583 Method of controlling liquid production utilizing an expert system controller 0 2007
* Cited By Examiner