AAAI Publications, Twenty-Third IAAI Conference

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Online Planning to Control a Packaging Infeed System
Minh Do, Lawrence Lee, Rong Zhou, Lara Crawford, Serdar Uckun

Last modified: 2011-08-04


In this paper, we investigate a novel application of online planning and scheduling:controlling an automated infeeder for a packaging line of foodand consumer packaged goods. In this system, products arrive continuously at high-speedfrom the end of the production line and need to be arranged into a specific configurationfor downstream primary and secondary packaging machines.In collaboration with a domain expert from the packaging industry,we developed an innovative design for a reconfigurable parallel infeed system usinga matrix of interchangeable smart belts. We also adapted our online model-basedPlantrol planner to this domain. Our planner can control various configurations ofthe new infeed system through simulation both in nominal planning and when runtimefailures occur. We are also building a small physical prototype to validate the newdesign and our software framework.

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