Date of Award

1987

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Abstract

The feasibility of design and demonstration of a cell control system to function in the fully integrated manufacturing environment independent of the parts produced or the manufacturing processes involved was investigated. A hierarchical control structure was used. Free standing implementations of a cell controller, a workstation controller, and programmable device interfaces were designed. The system is data driven, and was designed to use the manufacturing databases that exist in the computer integrated manufacturing environment. Operation of the cell controller and its interaction with the rest of the system was demonstrated in real-time by simulating the computer integrated manufacturing environment on microcomputers connected to each other via communication links.

Pages

174

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