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An Architecture for Intelligent Manufacturing Control



Charles R. McLean


A small batch manufacturing system testbed, currently under construction at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), is designed to support research in factory automation standards. One of the expressed goals of the NBS Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) project is the specification of the interfaces which must exist between component systems of automated factories. Many new component systems will have to be developed before automated factories possess a level of intelligence equal to that found in conventional manufacturing. Undoubtedly, factories will eventually be constructed from modules that are offered as plug compatible products by different systems vendors. These vendors will need a standard factory model or system architecture for planning and implementing external interfaces to their proprietary systems. This paper describes aspects of the AMRF architecture and proposes mechanisms for the implementation of intelligent manufacturing control modules.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of ASME Conference


Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF), automated factory, component systems


McLean, C. (1985), An Architecture for Intelligent Manufacturing Control, Proceedings of ASME Conference (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created February 1, 1985, Updated February 17, 2017