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A Generic Controller For Manufacturing Workcells
Author(s): Jeffrey S. Wright
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Paper Abstract

Many manufacturing companies are studying how the systematic use of computers throughout their operation can improve productivity, with the goal of achieving computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). It is now realized that computer control should be applied to systems as a whole in addition to individual processes. A manufacturing workcell is composed of a number of stations that perform value-adding processes linked by a material-handling system and computer control. Although the cellular approach to factory automation is widely accepted, there is a shortage of commercial software for controlling cells. The cell control problem involves high level functions of production scheduling and resource management, as well as the monitoring and control of real-time processes. An intelligent control algorithm is presented that can be applied to manufacturing workcells. Since it is easier to add cell-specific knowledge to a knowledge base than to modify a conventional program, a knowledge-based implementation supports the goal of a generic controller. Results from implementing such a controller for a simulated workcell indicate that this approach merits further development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 1987
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 0786, Applications of Artificial Intelligence V, (11 May 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940661
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Jeffrey S. Wright, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0786:
Applications of Artificial Intelligence V
John F. Gilmore, Editor(s)

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