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Emulation as a Design Tool in Real-Time Control Systems



Howard Bloom, Cita M. Furlani


A major facility for manufacturing research is being established at the National Bureau of Standards. The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) will provide a testbed where measurement research of computer integrated manufacturing systems can be performed. The control architecture of the facility is based on a sensory-interactive modular hierarchical feedback system. Each module is represented as a finite state machine that interacts through a shared time-sliced common-memory where command, feedback and database information is stored. A hierarchical control system emulator (HCSE) has been developed that allows the system to be designed and tested before the implementation on the actual hardware. The HCSE has been successfully used in the AMRF project as a design management tool where the entire specification of the control software is available and as a testing aid that allows for a given module such as a robot control system to interact with the emulator when the other AMRF hardware is unavailable.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IASTED Conference on Simulation and Modeling
Conference Location


Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF), HCSE, hierarchical control system emulator, computer integrated manufacturing systems


Bloom, H. and Furlani, C. (1984), Emulation as a Design Tool in Real-Time Control Systems, Proceedings of the IASTED Conference on Simulation and Modeling, , USA (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created September 30, 1984, Updated October 12, 2021