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Tool set for distributed real-time machine control
Author(s): Andrew J. Carrott; Christopher David Wright; Andrew A. West; Robert Harrison; Richard H. Weston
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Paper Abstract

Demands for increased control capabilities require next generation manufacturing machines to comprise intelligent building elements, physically located at the point where the control functionality is required. Networks of modular intelligent controllers are increasingly designed into manufacturing machines and usable standards are slowly emerging. To implement a control system using off-the-shelf intelligent devices from multi-vendor sources requires a number of well defined activities, including (a) the specification and selection of interoperable control system components, (b) device independent application programming and (c) device configuration, management, monitoring and control. This paper briefly discusses the support for the above machine lifecycle activities through the development of an integrated computing environment populated with an extendable software toolset. The toolset supports machine builder activities such as initial control logic specification, logic analysis, machine modeling, mechanical verification, application programming, automatic code generation, simulation/test, version control, distributed run-time support and documentation. The environment itself consists of system management tools and a distributed object-oriented database which provides storage for the outputs from machine lifecycle activities and specific target control solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2912, Open Architecture Control Systems and Standards, (20 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263360
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew J. Carrott, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Christopher David Wright, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew A. West, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Robert Harrison, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Richard H. Weston, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2912:
Open Architecture Control Systems and Standards
Frederick M. Proctor, Editor(s)

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