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Teaching flexible manufacturing systems by using design and simulation program tools

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4 Author(s)
Kovacic, Z. ; Fac. of Electr. Eng. & Comput., Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia ; Bogdan, S. ; Smolic-Rocak, N. ; Birgmajer, Bruno

This paper describes the ways of using program tools for design and simulation of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) for the purpose of teaching the undergraduate course Flexible Manufacturing Systems. The concept of the course is based on the synergism of theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on experience gained by studying numerous problem cases, using common tools for description of FMS (Petri nets, max-plus algebra and matrix modeling) and by working with more specialized program tools for FMS design and simulation. An emphasis is given to the description o the program tool FlexMan that enables elegant setting of an FMS configuration, supports automatic generation of a matrix-based FMS description and consequently, enables effective off-site design and simulation of the FMS by using virtual reality models and Internet-related technologies.

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EUROCON 2003. Computer as a Tool. The IEEE Region 8  (Volume:1 )

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22-24 Sept. 2003