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Supervisory control of multiworkcell manufacturing systems with shared resources

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2 Author(s)
A. Ramirez-Serrano ; Comput. Integrated Manuf. Lab., Toronto Univ., Ont., Canada ; B. Benhabib

Flexible-manufacturing systems (FMSs) may comprise a number of workcells where production resources are shared among the workcells for a variety of practical reasons. Although the utilization of independent workcells with sharing resources improves the flexibility of FMSs, avoiding deadlocks is essential for their successful implementation. This paper introduces a novel methodology for the synthesis of a set of conflict- and deadlock-free supervisors to individually control every workcell within a FMS inter-related by common (shared) resources. The proposed methodology is based on Extended Moore Automata (EMA) and Controlled-Automata theories. A new algorithmic procedure to analyze the concurrent operation of supervisors is also introduced in order to check for the existence or absence of deadlock states

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B (Cybernetics)  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 5 )