Advanced Distributed Environment for Production Technology


ADEPT - 2331

Keywords fault-tolerant systems, production control, simulation, system modelling


Start Date: 01-MAR-89 / Duration: 33 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of this project is to improve the development of distributed supervisory control systems by increasing system resilience and reducing development cost. A model has been established for the development of distributed supervisory control systems which addresses the problems of application fault tolerance, distributed control structure and reliability. The project has also developed an associated methodology and prototype development environment, and a prototype simulator based on a general mathematical model of plants.

The model emulates control at all levels of the factory manufacturing process. It addresses the data flows between these levels with particular emphasis on the self-policing of the software components of the system to provide application tolerance.

The simulator is used to investigate the implications of real implementations in a variety of manufacturing environments and provides a means of testing design criteria throughout the implementation of a control system application.

The IT vendor partners plan to exploit the ADEPT architecture and methodology and the software products developed by the project.

The project has produced an expert system prototype for the evaluation and correction of faults found whilst using a supervisory control system.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Paul Jackson
SEMA GROUP UK LTD
Norcliffe House, Station Road
UK - WILMSLOW SK9 1BU
tel: + 44/ 625-531531
fax: + 44/ 625-530911
telex: 666035

Participants

SEMA GROUP UK LTD - UK - C
SYNTAX FACTORY AUTOMATION - I - P
COMMUNICATION AND MANAGEMENT
SYSTEMS UNIT - GR - P
TEKNECOMP SPA - I - P


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ADEPT - 2331, December 1993


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