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Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing,  1997:<br>Proceedings of the Seventh International FAIM Conference

ISBN:
978-1-56700-089-4 (Print)
978-1-56700-442-7 (Online)

A MANUFACTURING CELL CONTROLLER ARCHITECTURE

Antonio Quintas
Associado do DEEC da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Rua dos Bragas, 4099 Porto Codex

Paulo Leitao
Instituto Politécnico de Braganca, Quinta S Apolonia, Apartado 134, 5300 Braganca

Abstract

Worldwide competition among enterprises has lead to new needs in the area of manufacturing to answer for price, quality and delivery time. The improvement of productivity and flexibility in manufacturing systems by the introduction of new concepts and technologies, and by the appropriate integration of the different resources, may constitute a key factor for the solution towards the success.
This paper describes the specification and implementation of a Manufacturing Cell Controller integrated into the demonstration pilot of an ESPRIT Project.
Special attention is given to the control structure, communication system, information system and the way the integration was done using the MMS (Manufacturing Message Specification) communication standard. Be also important, an analysis of the performance and costs of the solution is discussed together with alternative development platforms and technologies to achieve a better one.