SUNConferences, COMA '13

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Comparison of IEC 61499 and Agent Based Control for a Reconfigurable Manufacturing Subsystem
Chibaye Mulubika, Anton Basson

Last modified: 2013-08-21


This paper considers two control approaches for a subsystem of a Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (RMS), i.e. IEC 61499 function blocks and agent based control. The two control approaches are compared for the high-level controller, implemented on a personal computer, of a modular Cartesian robot. The paper considers the properties that enhance reconfigurability and shows that the advantages of IEC 61499 are relatively easy application when the purpose of the application is well delineated ab initio and the modularity in the software units (the latter makes software reconfiguration easy). Agent platforms have the advantage of better development platforms. A challenge for both control approaches lies in directly interfacing with hardware since the implementations used here are Java based.

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