Design and implementation of a water-based emulator of manufacturing processes

K. Starkov, H. Kamp, A.Y. Pogromsky, I.J.B.F. Adan

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In this paper we present a prototype developed for education and research purposes. The prototype is a liquid based emulator of manufacturing network processes. In its core, the liquid-base emulator consists of several electrical pumps and liquid reservoirs. The electrical pumps emulate a manufacturing machine behavior while the liquid reservoirs serve as the intermediate product storages also called buffers. In the platform pumps and tanks can be interconnected in a flexible manner. In that way the prototype permits an easy and intuitive way of studying manufacturing control techniques and performance for several network topologies. This paper contains a detail system description and its application. Several network configurations and experimentations are presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th IFAC Symposium Advances in Control Education (ACE 2012, Resort Automobilist, Russia, June 19-21, 2012)
EditorsP. Pakshin
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)978-3-902823-01-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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