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Linking graphical simulation to the control of flexible manufacturing systems

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5 Author(s)
D. Saunders ; Coventry Polytech., Hawker Siddeley Group plc, UK ; M. F. Crockett ; M. D. Novels ; G. B. Hackwell
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The objective is the production of a software package to aid the design and operation of flexible manufacturing systems. The software tools provide a basis for standardisation in the control software for these systems and overcome the present limitations and expense of one-off solutions. To this end a generic workstation incorporating operating procedures for handling information and material flow has been developed. The generic workstation is used as a basic node to build computer models of a variety of manufacturing systems. These include both conventional job-shops and flexible manufacturing systems operated according to just-in-time principles. Methods of linking the simulation to the shop-floor routing implementation are proposed and discussed. The SIMAN simulation language and its associated graphics package CINEMA was used as the modelling tool

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Control, 1988. CONTROL 88., International Conference on

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13-15 Apr 1988