In reacting to global competition and rapidly changing customer demands, industrial business organizationshave developed a strong interest in flexible automation. The aim of flexible automation focuses onachieving agility in handling uncertainties from internal or external environments. Modeling complex structures,promoting reuse, and shortening the development time cycle are particularly significant aspects in the analysis anddesign of CIM systems, where heterogeneous elements have to be integrated in a complex control architecture.The design methodology for FMS control software involves the abstraction of an FMS and the estimation of thesystem performances. The aim of this activity is to suggest the optimal configuration of an FMS for given specifications,through simulation tools. In the software engineering field, object-oriented (OO) approaches have provento be a powerful technique with respect to such aspects. The unified modeling language (UML), by using OOdesign methodologies, can offer reusability, extendibility, and modifiability in software design. Also, it bridgesthe gap that exists between the OO analysis and design area and the area of OO programming by creating anintegrative metamodel of OO concepts. The specific goal of this paper is to formulate a new methodology fordeveloping reusable, extendible, and modifiable control software for an FMS in an object-oriented environment.It is demonstrated that, with few diagrams, UML can be used to model such systems without being associatedwith other modeling tools.
|Numero di pagine||22|
|Rivista||International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2003|
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