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Modeling and Schedulability Analysis of Single-Arm Cluster Tools with Wafer Residency Time Constraints Using Petri Net

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4 Author(s)
Naiqi Wu ; Senior Member, IEEE, Department of Industrial Engineering, School of Mechatronics, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. e-mail: ; Chengbin Chu ; Feng Chu ; MengChu Zhou

With wafer residency time constraints for some wafer fabrication processes, the schedulability and scheduling problems of cluster tools are still open. Addressing these issues, this paper conducts their schedulability analysis. A Petri net (PN) model, called resource-oriented PN (ROPN), is developed for the system. This model describes when the robot should wait and a robot wait is modeled as an event in an explicit way. Based on this model, for the first time, we present the necessary and sufficient conditions under which a single-arm cluster tool with residency time constraints is schedulable, which can be checked analytically. Meanwhile, an analytical scheduling algorithm is developed to find an optimal periodic schedule if it is schedulable.

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Networking, Sensing and Control, 2008. ICNSC 2008. IEEE International Conference on

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6-8 April 2008