Adaptable Low-Cost Shop-Floor Control Systems


Keywords: shop floor control, control systems, resource planning and scheduling, DNC

Start Date: 1 March 95 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The aim of this project is to give central and Eastern European universities the ability to help local industry - especially SMEs - introduce computer aids for shop-floor. This will be achieved through joint development of an adaptable low-cost shop-floor control system. The requirements for this system are defined as: user-oriented structure; decentralised rather than hierarchical information concept; step-by-step extendibility (adaptable to various degrees of automation); simple adaptability to changes in production installations; uniform system platform based on standards defined by ESPRIT project OSACA; open modular software system with the option of integrating user-specific functions.

After an analysis and design phase, the system will be realised in two stages. In the first, production status will be available in a transparent form and with the option of scheduling production orders. In the second stage, a direct numerical control component (DNC) will be added.

European links: Software based on standards defined by ESPRIT project OSACA (9115).

Progress and Results

A requirement analysis was performed within the participating companies from which the organisational, structural and functional requirements for introducing a shop-floor control system in central and Eastern European companies were defined. Based on these requirements, the software design phase was performed by specifying the development platform, the information system with scheduling options and the components of the direct numerical control (DNC). This phase resulted in a software design model that could be adapted from all the companies of the consortium. In addition, user interfaces and user interactions were discussed with the companies and training sessions in dealing with the development platform and programmable exercises were carried out.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

The universities will use the results for training industry engineers. A seminar on production control technologies has been held in Poland and another one is planned to be held in Prague. More information is available at WWW,


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EU Partners


Non-EU Partners

TU Wroclaw, PL
PZL Hydral, PL
TU Prague, CZ
ZDAS, Zdar nad Sazavou, CZ
PPS Detva, SK


Prof. A. Storr
Tel: +49 711 229 92 63
Fax: +49 711 229 92 22

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LOW-COST CONTROL - CP94-337, May 1997

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