Experimental comparison of control architectures

J.M. Mortel-Fronczak, van de, J.P.M. Schmitz, J.E. Rooda

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    Most control systems of flexible production cells have a hierarchical structure. They become very complicated and difficult to maintain and modify when the underlying production cells grow in size and complexity. Moreover, they are characterised by a relatively high sensitivity to failures. As opposed to that, heterarchical control systems are flexible, modular, easy to modify, and to some extent, fault-tolerant. The performance of two control systems, with a hierarchical and a heterarchical structure, based on an exemplary flexible production cell is evaluated by means of simulation experiments. Under ideal circumstances, both control systems perform equally well
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobal production management : IFIP WG5.7 international conference on advances in production management systems, September 6-10, 1999, Berlin, Germany / Ed. K. Mertins, O. Krause, B. Schallock
    Place of PublicationBoston
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    ISBN (Print)0-7923-8605-1
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Publication series

    NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
    ISSN (Print)1571-5736


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