A formal model for incorporating shop floor controls into plant information systems

Robin G. Qiu, David W. Russell

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The high cost and long development cycle of shop floor controls (SFC) have prevented many small, medium, and even large-size manufacturers from deploying plant-wide, real-time information systems. In order to stay competitive in a make-to-order business model, such systems are essential. In addressing the obstacles to such systems, this article proposes a formal method that ensures that a built SFC can be applicable to a plant-wide, real- time information system. By taking advantage of both the linear growth of the complexity function in a structured adaptive supervisory control model, and the real-time responses of a virtual production line based e-Manufacturing system, a formal method for creating an integration-ready structured adaptive supervisory control model (iSASC) for a discrete manufacturing system is introduced. An iSASC-based SFC prototype system was successfully tested and evaluated in an industrial site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-57
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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