This book describes the current research directions and trends in the development of computer control of manufacturing systems for computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Key issues addressed include control architectures, new scheduling and control approaches, software development architectures, cutting tool management, modelling and analysis tools and other recent advances.
Introduction. CIM architectures and implementation of control systems for FMS. Hierarchical control architectures from shop level to end effectors. Approaches to on-line scheduling and control in FMS. Autonomous control for open manufacturing systems. Applications of petri-net methodology to manufacturing systems. Recent developments in modelling and performance analysis tools for FMS. Qualitative modelling of manufacturing systems. Efficient and dependable manufacturing - a software perspective. Formal models in shop floor control. Integration of cutting tool management with shop floor control in FMS. Process planning and process plan representation for control. Object-oriented cell control and error handling. Management systems for computer controlled FMS - lessons from network management. Predictive control algorithms for on-line scheduling of FMS. Control of FMS.