In a production control system, information for the production sequence is determined. The workpiece flow through the factory is controlled and monitored by the production control system. When complete plants or individual machines are connected with the production control system, all movements of workpieces are carried out automatically. The necessary processing data are transferred to the individual machines at the right time. At the highest level, complete factory areas can produce in an unmanned way.
A batch size 1 plant with automatic transport of parts between from machine to machine requires the fastest reaction times of the complete system. In 3TEC systems the transport routes are always decided just-in-time in order to be able to react immediately to any factors influencing production (machine failure, reproduction etc.).