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A Proposed Hierarchical Control Model for Automated Manufacturing Systems



Albert T. Jones, Charles R. McLean


The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility is being constructed at the National Bureau of Standards. This small, integrated, flexible manufacturing system will serve as a research test bed to aid in the identification, design, and testing of standards for the automated factory of the future. This paper describes the five layer hierarchical production control model proposed to manage these factories. Included is a discussion of the philosophy behind this model, the functional requirements of each layer within the model, a brief description of the data services needed to support this approach, and an overview of the techniques used to implement existing subsystems.
Journal of Manufacturing Systems


Jones, A. and McLean, C. (1986), A Proposed Hierarchical Control Model for Automated Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, [online], (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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Created December 31, 1985, Updated October 12, 2021