Reusable software concepts applied to the development of fms control software

Jeffrey S. Smith, Sanjay B. Joshi

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Development of control software has long been a bottleneck in the implementation of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS). This problem is attributable directly to the lack of standard models for FMS control system development. This paper addresses this problem and presents the concepts of reusable software as possible solutions. Specifically, three main applications of reusable software are described: a scaleable FMS control architecture, automatically generated control software, and object-orientated programming of equipment components. An application of the reusable software concepts to the development of a control system for a full-scale FMS is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-196
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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