New Directions in Decision Support for Manufacturing
Accepting the view of a decision support system (DSS) as being composed of three generic components (the language system, the knowledge system, and the problem processing system), we investigate several issues relating to a flexible manufacturing system (FMS). that have an impact on the design of the three DSS components and their interrelationships.
It is observed that an FMS is a distributed decision making structure composed of autonomous cells. Concepts and methods from economics and distributed computation together with a language and formalism supplied by modal and temporal logic can constitute an effective set of representation and problem processing means for building decision support systems for FMS.
KeywordsDecision Support System Temporal Logic Knowledge System Flexible Manufacture System Language System
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