Simulation of Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems: The Development of an Object-Oriented Modelling Tool
This paper will introduce a novel approach to the simulation of manufacturing planning and control systems and one which provides the necessary functionality to address control system design issues. The design and development of an extensible class library called WBS/Control will be discussed: the type of classes which populate the library will be explained as well as how these classes meet the modelling requirements placed upon them. The functionality, both current and future, offered by WBS/Control means that different planning and control systems can be modelled: standard and non-standard implementations, hybrid systems and new designs. The combination of WBS/Control and a shop-floor simulator provides an opportunity to understand how new or modified planning and control systems will perform in the context of the complete manufacturing system prior to implementation.
Keywordsmanufacturing planning and control systems object-oriented discrete-event simulation modelling control system design
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