This paper describes a conceptual architecture of applying holon to process planning (PP) for integrating design, PP, and shop floor scheduling so that a concurrent integrated process planning system (CIPPS) is constructed. The problem in PP has been mapped onto a holonic architecture based on multistage cooperation. A holonic architecture for CIPPS integrates all the activities of PP into a distributed intelligent open environment. Holons for CIPPS can be organized dynamically, and cooperate with each other to perform an appointed task flexibly. In addition, using CORBA technology, a prototype system of the CIPPS is implemented.
- Process planning
- Production scheduling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Computer Science Applications
- Metals and Alloys
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering