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Control Systems for Integrated Manufacturing

Objective

The objective of this project was to design, develop and test the software modules required for the Production Activity Control (PAC) of small batch manufacturing. The main aims of COSIMA were to:
-define a standard architecture for PAC in discrete parts manufacturing
-demonstrate that the solution is suitable for different small batch manufacturing environments
-develop design and integration tools to support engineers in analysing, designing and developing PAC systems.
The objective of this project was to design, develop and test the software modules required for the production activity control (PAC) of small batch manufacturing. The PAC architecture that was specified and designed during the first half of the project can integrate the following components:
5 basic building blocks to perform the activities demanded in PAC (monitoring, scheduling, dispatching, moving, producing);
a manufacturing profile to collect the static and dynamic data describing the system layout and behaviour;
a Petri-net simulator to model the reactions of the real system to the PAC commands;
an application network, implementing procedural application sequencing and system wide data management (through a manufacturing data dictionary), to interconnect all the above components.

In the second half of the project the architecture was validated through 3 pilot implementations:
a flexible manufacturing system for robots and work cell standard components production;
an assembly line for electronic boards production;
a part production system for car components.

The application network, a complete set of technical specifications, the final implementation guides and 2 books are the tools available to the partners for designing and implementing similar systems.
The PAC architecture that was specified and designed during the first half of the project can integrate the following components:
-five basic building blocks to perform the activities demanded in PAC (monitoring, scheduling, dispatching, moving, producing)
-a manufacturing profile to collect the static and dynamic data describing the system layout and behaviour
-a Petri-net simulator to model the reactions of the real system to the PAC commands
-an application network, implementing procedural application sequencing and system-wide data-management (through a manufacturing data dictionary), to interconnect all the above components.
In the second half of the project the architecture was validated through three pilot implementations:
-a flexible manufacturing system for robots and work-cell standard components production in the COMAU Grugliasco (I) plant.
-an assembly line for electronic boards production in the DEC Clonmel (IRL) plant.
-a part production system for car components in the Renault Cleon (F) plant.
The application network, a complete set of technical specifications, the final implementation guides and two books are the tools available to the partners for designing and implementing similar systems.
Exploitation
The project has produced several spin-offs:
-the study of proprietary products such as COMAU's CIMtegrator software platform and DEC's CDD+ Data Dictionary has been influenced by the COSIMA architecture and by the application network manufacturing data dictionary
-European companies such as Unilever, Volvo and Philips have demonstrated a tangible interest in COSIMA implementations
-the analysis made by DEC and by the CIMRU of the University College of Galway of applying the COSIMA architecture in the Clonmel pilot implementation has been used to create a parallel PAC implementation (PACKETS: PAC Kernel in Objects) and a Petri-netsimulator that introduced the partners to object-oriented and Petri-net modelling and implementation techniques.

Coordinator

Comau SpA
Address
Strada Orbassano 20-22
10092 Beinasco
Italy

Participants (2)

Digital Equipment GmbH
Germany
Address
Freischützstraße 91
81927 München
Renault Automation
France
Address
8-10 Avenue Émile Zola
92109 Boulogne-billancourt