Operation Twins: Synchronized Production-Intralogistics for Industry 4.0 Manufacturing

Mingxing Li, Daqiang Guo, George Q. Huang

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The widespread adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in factories are transforming manufacturing operations management. Multiple resources are interconnected, massive data are real-timely collected by smart devices to provide visibility and traceability. It is generally acknowledged that real-time data are beneficial for manufacturing operations management. How to utilize these data for facilitating production and intralogistics (PiL) operations management is an emerging challenge. This study proposes a new concept, operation twins, for achieving synchronized PiL operations based on three dimensions of synchronization (cyber-physical synchronization, spatial-temporal synchronization, and data-driven decisions synchronization).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems. Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable and Resilient Production Systems - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2021, Proceedings
EditorsAlexandre Dolgui, Alain Bernard, David Lemoine, Gregor von Cieminski, David Romero
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030859138
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021 - Nantes, France
Duration: 5 Sept 20219 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume634 IFIP
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021


  • Industry 4.0
  • Operation twins
  • Production and operations management
  • Production-intralogistics synchronization
  • Real-time visibility and traceability
  • Smart manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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