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Comparison of hierarchical and holonic shop floor control using a virtual manufacturing environment

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4 Author(s)
Kotak, D. ; Innovation Centre, Nat. Res. Council of Canada, Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Bardi, S. ; Gruver, W.A. ; Zohrevand, K.

Shop floor control is typically implemented with a centralized supervisory control system. Holonic control, a form of distributed control, provides a more robust control environment and improves production performance. The authors create a 3D virtual manufacturing environment to compare hierarchical control with holonic control. We use this virtual environment to analyze alternative approaches and quantify their effects on the system behavior in a controlled environment. Finally, we present a measure of robustness derived from reliability theory and utilize it for comparisons

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 2000 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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