Smart and automation technologies for ensuring the long-term operation of a factory amid the COVID-19 pandemic: an evolving fuzzy assessment approach

Toly Chen, Chi Wei Lin*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted factories all over the world, which have been closed to avoid the spread of COVID-19. As a result, ensuring the long-term operation of a factory amid the COVID-19 pandemic becomes a critical but challenging task. To fulfill this task, the applications of smart and automation technologies have been regarded as an effective means. However, such applications are time-consuming and budget-intensive with varying effects and are not necessarily acceptable to workers. In order to make full use of limited resources and time, it is necessary to establish a systematic procedure for comparing various applications of smart and automation technologies. For this reason, an evolving fuzzy assessment approach is proposed. A case study has been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the evolving fuzzy assessment approach in ensuring the long-term operation of a factory amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3545-3558
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Volume111
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Factory
  • Fuzzy assessment approach
  • Long-term operations

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