Manufacturing systems are often costly to develop and operate. Simulation technology has been demonstrated to be an effective tool for improving the efficiency of manufacturing system design, operation, and maintenance. But manufacturing simulations are usually developed to address a narrow set of industrial issues, e.g., the purchase of new equipment or the modification of a manufacturing process. Once the analysis is complete a particular simulation model may not be used again. If simulations could be made more modular and easily integrated, they could have tremendous value as tools for manufacturing interoperability testing. This paper presents a modular reference architecture to facilitate the integration of manufacturing simulation systems with other support and testing applications. Opportunities for testing are also discussed that will be enabled by the implementation of the architecture.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the Summer Computer Simulation Conference '07
Conference Dates: July 11-13, 2007
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Pub Type: Conferences
information models, interface standards, interoperability testing, simulation, software architectures, virtual manufacturing