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New Computer Software Language Makes Computers More Useful in Manufacturing

Software Advance Helps Computers Act Logically

A new software language, ISO 18629, uses artificial intelligence (AI) and language analysis to represent computer commands in the context of a manufacturing plan.

The ISO 18629 language is especially suited for the exchange of process planning, validation, production scheduling and control information for guiding manufacturing processes. It has been developed by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers and colleagues in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

ISO 18629 uses artificial intelligence (AI) and language analysis to represent computer commands in the context of a manufacturing plan. Researchers have incorporated approximately 300 concepts, such as “duration” and “sequence,” into its software structure. Computers using software with this expanded, though still primitive AI capacity, can act on a word’s “meaning,” interpreting a command almost like a person.

For instance, a person who hears the commands “paint it, before shipping it” and “turn on the coolant, before milling” understands that the word "before" has slightly different meanings in these two different contexts. In the first command, it is understood that painting and drying must be completed prior to the next action, shipping. In the second command, however, the first action, turning on the coolant, continues after the milling starts. ISO 18629 supports computer systems with this type of rudimentary understanding of context-specific language.

Once the expected ISO approval is given, software vendors will begin building a variety of manufacturing systems that conform to ISO 18629.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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