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A Cell Control Architecture for Flexible Manufacturing



Charles R. McLean


The software architecture of the cell control system in the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) at the National Bureau of Standards is presented. The cell control system manages production and support operations for an automated small batch manufacturing system that produces machined parts. The cell is the highest level of control that is currently implemented within the AMRF. It is programmed in the C language and runs on IBM (tm) personal computer systems and compatibles. The cell is comprised of modules which decompose and sequence manufacturing work orders and which provide interfaces to communications, global databases, process planning and other control systems. The architecture of the cell is generic. It is designed to be applicable for control system implementations at any level in the AMRF hierarchy.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Advanced Manufacturing System Expo


Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF), global database, process planning, control systems, IBM


McLean, C. (1987), A Cell Control Architecture for Flexible Manufacturing, Proceedings of the Advanced Manufacturing System Expo (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created April 1, 1987, Updated February 17, 2017