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Reference Architecture for Machine Control Systems Integration: Interim Report



M. K. Senehi, Thomas R. Kramer, John L. Michaloski, Richard Quintero, Steven R. Ray, William G. Rippey, S Wallace


The Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been conducting research on control of mechanical systems for more than sixteen years. The Intelligent Systems Division and the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division have been working jointly for over a year to develop a reference architecture for computer integrated control of mechanical systems, drawing on the best of past work in both divisions. The architecture is not yet complete, and work on the architecture is continuing. This report describes the architecture in its current, incomplete state. The architecture is a hierarchical control architecture aimed at the domain of discrete parts manufacturing, including considerations of data systems, communications systems, planning, resource allocation, real-time control, and error recovery.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5517
Report Number


communications systems, intelligent systems, machine control systems integration, manufacturing systems, mechanical systems, MSID, NIST


Senehi, M. , Kramer, T. , Michaloski, J. , Quintero, R. , Ray, S. , Rippey, W. and Wallace, S. (1994), Reference Architecture for Machine Control Systems Integration: Interim Report, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created January 1, 1994, Updated November 10, 2018