Towards formal monitoring of workpieces in agile manufacturing

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Information about the locations of objects is one of the main ingredients of Industry 4.0. With the increased use of flexible and agile manufacturing techniques, the monitoring of workpieces in a factory can become more challenging. In this paper, we present a state-machine-based approach for monitoring workpieces using sensors such as RFID readers. We present a solution where each object is represented as a deterministic state machine to monitor the object's journey throughout production via this state machine representation. Multiple objects can be monitored at the same time by running parallel event-based state machines. We present an implementation of our solution using RFID-Readers and OPC UA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, ICIT 2020
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728157542
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 26 Feb 202028 Feb 2020
Conference number: 21

Publication series

NameIEEE international conference on industrial technology
ISSN (Print)2641-0184
ISSN (Electronic)2643-2978


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology
Abbreviated titleICIT
CityBuenos Aires


  • Agile manufacturing
  • Automation
  • Deterministic state machine
  • Factory of the future
  • Industry 4.0
  • Monitoring
  • OPC UA


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