A THIN, HARDWARE-SUPPORTED MIDDLEWARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR RECONFIGURABLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Roscoe Roy Peter McLean, Jared Padayachee, Glen Bright

Abstract


The reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS) paradigm was introduced in response to the need for a manufacturing environment that can handle high-frequency market-driven change. Although this has resulted in much research into the implementation of such a system, there is currently a gap in the technology covering the rapid establishment of control after a reconfiguration. This gap involves the detection of the factory floor’s state, and the communication link between the factory floor and the high-level software (ERP and MES). This paper proposes a thin, hardware-supported middleware management system to support the reconfiguration process and to support industrial implementation to the RMS paradigm.


Keywords


Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems; Middleware

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/26-1-1034

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