Architectural Considerations for Holonic Shop Floor Control

Gilad Langer, Arne Bilberg

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    The general trends in the global markets is forcing manufacturing firms to produce products with increasing diversity while adapting new technology as it emerges. In order to cope with this new situation they need manu-facturing systems which are much more agile than them we presently consider as flexible. This is a highly de-manding task for the manufacturing control system. The emerging theory regarding Holonic Manufacturing Sys-tems (HMS) introduces an advantageous theoretical foundation for the control system of the manufacturing system of the future. This article presents an overview of the HMS concept, followed by an investigation regard-ing the development of shop floor control architectures. This will include a summary of the ongoing research on HMS, and current results regarding the development of a holonic SFC architecture in a cellular manufacturing perspective. The paper will present a model of both a holonic cell and multi-cell control architecture. The work is based on a theoretical study of new manufac-turing systems theories, practical test, development of a prototype, and two case studies. It is part of a research project which aims at developing a multi-cell control architecture based on the Holonic Manufacturing Sys-tem theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Manufacturing Systems (ISMS) at the World Manufacturing Congress (WMC97)
    Place of PublicationAuckland, NZ
    Publication date1997
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    EventInternational Symposium on Manufacturing Systems at the World Manufacturing Congress - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 18 Nov 199721 Nov 1997


    ConferenceInternational Symposium on Manufacturing Systems at the World Manufacturing Congress
    CountryNew Zealand

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