Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—The modularization of hard- and software is one approach to handle the demand for increasing flexibility and changeability of automated material flow systems that are, for example, utilized in flexible production systems. Depending on the current system configuration, the position and number of entrances and exits of a module may vary. Subsequently, the feasible tasks and the internal execution order of operations within a module are affected. During design time, the later system configuration is unknown, therefore, a concept is proposed to generally describe a module’s internal logistical operations. After a system reconfiguration, the module’s internal function control automatically determines the execution order for active entrances, exits and tasks. Additionally, the function control is able to efficiently coordinate the execution of parallel transports on the same module to increase the throughput.
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