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DCC: the cellular factory

In complex, modern manufacturing operations, the production process is frequently broken down into a number of cells. The cells usually consist of a small number of processes, pieces of equipment and operatives. Controlling these cells effectively is essential if the production process is to be managed optimally. A new computer software system, called discrete cell control (DCC), is capable of better integrating and optimizing both the resources within a cell and any links to external systems. The resulting software components and open application framework provide an information technology (IT) tool that can be used for the detailed planning, control and monitoring of both manual and automated production.

DCC's key technical achievement is the ability to integrate different manufacturing technologies into one homogenous system. It makes use of application architectures and technology frameworks to create a platform that is flexible, and so capable of use in many different applications. The cell control package can be adjusted to local conditions avoiding the need to build a new system from the bottom-up. The software's modular structure means that the system can be implemented incrementally, and adjustments made as new requirements emerge. Some of the modules are standard, so are relevant to all uses, whilst others are more specialized.

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