Flexible manufacturing is an essential component of the 4th industrial revolution, which aims to employ automation and data science in cyber-physical systems, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Among other benefits, flexibility will increase the number of products that can be economically manufactured at any scale.
The Center for Adaptive, Resilient Cyber-Physical Manufacturing Networks (AR-CyMaN) will build the foundations for cyber-physical manufacturing by connecting traditional processes with computing infrastructure. Researchers aim to build the tools to create distributed manufacturing networks and to provide resilience and adaptability at the node and resource level, across warehouses and facilities, and embedded within the cyber infrastructure.
The Center is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and The Zhejiang University-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI).