An architecture for a shop-floor controller using colored Petri nets

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In a dynamic and flexible manufacturing environment, a shop-floor controller must be designed so that it automatically (or with minimum human intervention) and quickly responds to the changes (e.g., in part type or part routing) in the system. Such a performance may be achieved provided that the controller is simple and sufficiently general in its scope of application. In this article, we present an architecture for such a shop-floor controller. The architecture is based on colored Petri nets with ordered colored sets and structured input and output functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-181
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • colored Petri nets
  • shop-floor controller

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