A manufacturing planning and control system for a flexible manufacturing system

Willem H.M. Zijm, J. Slomp, J. Slomp

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A flexible manufacturing system (FMS) can offer important advantages in terms of more efficient production, shorter throughput times, lower stocks and a higher quality of work. To realize these advantages, a well designed manufacturing planning and control system (MPCS) is a key condition. In practical cases, these planning and control systems are often based on a hierarchical structure. This paper discusses the most relevant characteristics of such a hierarchical MPCS and, by using a practical case, describes possible solutions to a variety of subproblems.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)109-114
JournalRobotics and computer-integrated manufacturing
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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  • IR-32266

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