Smart factory and smart production are the common aims for many countries’ manufacturing development strategies, which have attracted attentions from both academia and industry. Smart production line, which is a basic unit for implementing smart factory and smart production, is emphasized in this paper. The evolution process of production line is summarized first. Then the common factors for smart production line are investigated. Accordingly, a data-driven method for realizing smart production line is proposed. At the same time, the corresponding applications and attainable goals are given. Finally, a case for data-driven energy emulation and analysis in production line is illustrated.

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