This paper illustrates how simulation-based shop-floor planning and control can be extended to enterprise-level activities (top floor). First, the general planning and control concept are discussed, followed by an overview of simulation-based shop-floor planning and control. Analogies between the shop floor and top floor are discussed in terms of the components required to construct simulation-based planning and control systems. Analogies are developed for resource models, coordination models, physical entities, and simulation models. Differences between the shop floor and top floor are also discussed in order to identify new challenges faced for top-floor planning and control. A major difference between the top floor and the shop floor is the way a simulation model is constructed for use in planning, depending on whether time synchronization among member simulations becomes an issue or not. Another difference is in the distributed communication/computing platform. This work uses a distributed computing platform using Web services technology to integrate heterogeneous simulations and systems in a distributed top-floor control environment. The research results reveal that simulation-based planning and control is extensible to the top-floor environment's evolving new research challenges.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Hardware and Architecture
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering