Characterization and integration of control structures for hierarchical process control in production systems



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Texas Tech University


The main objective of the research is to construct a generic framework for the design of control structures for production systems. The research deliverables are embedded in the control design framework methodology. The deliverable components of the design framework include the motivation of hierarchical control structure selection, general principles for process characterization, control element definition guidelines, formulation of control enabling principles, and definition of elementary control methods. The integration of control structures is presented from the perspective of goal and temporal coordination. Finally, procedures for conflict resolution and continuous improvement are presented in the context of control structures. The validity of the theoretical construct is based on the scientific rigor of the reference domain—control theory—and on the logical development of argumentation.



Computer integrated manufacturing systems, Production control