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Engineering autonomously controlled logistic systems

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Today enterprises are exposed to an increasingly dynamic environment. Last but not least increasing competition caused by globalization more and more requires gaining competitive advantages by improved process control, within and beyond an enterprise. Autonomous control of logistic processes is proposed as a means to better face dynamics and complexity. Autonomous control means the ability of logistic objects to process information, to render and to execute decisions on their own. To engineer logistic systems based on autonomous control, dedicated methodologies are needed. This paper proposes a methodology for system specification that consists of a notational part, a procedure model and a software tool, covering a substantial part of the overall system engineering process. Supported by this methodology a logistics process expert will be able to specify an autonomous logistic system adequately. Further research will later on complement the methodology to support the whole engineering process.

Keywords: autonomous control; process modelling; production control; systems engineering

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Planning and Control of Production Systems, University of Bremen, Germany

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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