Defining a Digital Twin-based Cyber-Physical Production System for autonomous manufacturing in smart shop floors

Kai Ding (Corresponding Author), Felix T.S. Chan, Xudong Zhang, Guanghui Zhou, Fuqiang Zhang

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Smart manufacturing is the core idea of the fourth industrial evolution. For a smart manufacturing shop floor, real-time monitoring, simulation and prediction of manufacturing operations are vital to improve the production efficiency and flexibility. In this paper, the Cyber-Physical System (CPS) and Digital Twin technologies are introduced to build the interconnection and interoperability of a physical shop floor and corresponding cybershop floor. A Digital Twin-based Cyber-Physical Production System (DT-CPPS) is further established, and the configuring mechanism, operating mechanism and real-time data-driven operations control of DT-CPPS are discussed in detail. It is expected that DT-CPPS will provide the basis for shop floors to march towards smart manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6315-6334
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2019


  • autonomous manufacturing
  • Cyber-Physical Production System (CPPS)
  • Digital Twin
  • operations control
  • Smart manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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