Practice of Petri Nets in Manufacturing

  • F. DiCesare
  • G. Harhalakis
  • J. M. Proth
  • M. Silva
  • F. B. Vernadat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. M. Silva
    Pages 1-62
  3. J. M. Proth
    Pages 63-102
  4. F. DiCesare, Mu Der Jeng
    Pages 103-146
  5. G. Harhalakis, F. B. Vernadat
    Pages 185-290
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


M. Silva Significant changes have been occurring in industrialized countries since the Second World War. Production is moving towards sophisticated high­ qUality products, economy of scale has been replaced by economy of scope, jerky demands are progressively replacing steady demands, and competi­ tiveness is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. These trends require highly automated manufacturing systems with small set-up times and high flex­ ibility. As a consequence, implementation and running costs of modem manufacturing systems are drastically increasing, whereas their fields of application remain limited, and every day become even narrower, which increases the risk of early obsolescence. This is the reason why designers are trying to improve the preliminary design phase, also known as the 'paper study phase'. The preliminary design phase includes, but is not limited to, the func­ tional specification, and the evaluation of the system. Many tools exist to support the functional specification of manufactur­ ing systems. IDEFO is one of these tools. It leads, using a top-down ap­ proach, to a precise functional description of the required system. However, its use cannot be extended further. In general, the evaluation starts with a modeling step, which depends on the evaluation tool used, and ends by applying the model to find out its main dynamic characteristics. Two main approaches can be used to perform this task, namely simulation and math­ ematical approach. Using simulation, the modeling tool is either a classical computer language, or a simulation language.


Petri net basics concurrency database design engine information information system manufacturing material modeling modelling organization performance evaluation research

Authors and affiliations

  • F. DiCesare
    • 1
  • G. Harhalakis
    • 2
  • J. M. Proth
    • 3
  • M. Silva
    • 4
  • F. B. Vernadat
    • 3
  1. 1.Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems ResearchUniversity of MarylandUSA
  3. 3.INRIA-LorraineMetzFrance
  4. 4.University of ZaragozaSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-6957-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-6955-4
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