Description of Distributable Encapsulated Resource Package and Method for Orchestration of Distributed Automation Systems
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Reconfiguration is critical to meet the current demands of manufacturing and production systems. Rapid reconfiguration can offer small batch sizes, customization and many product variants to the manufacturing companies. This thesis is to implement a novel concept of Resource Description and its Executable Capability. This is an implementation of theoretical concept by conceiving a use case scenario based on different stakeholders involved in the manufacturing system designing process. The stakeholders are vendors of physical production resource and system integrator who is the consumer of the physical production resource. The scenario is that the vendor provides the control software package along with resource and system integrator uses the software package to develop a control system. To implement this concept a set of requirements are extracted from resource description and its executable capability concept. Based on these requirements software packages are designed and test case resources are developed. These test case resources are then utilized to design a high-level control system. Realistic test case assembly system is developed and reconfigured. The obtained results present a realistic view of the concept of resource description in a limited scope. The qualitative analysis of test case scenarios proves the ease which can be achieved in reconfiguration of a manufacturing system if the concept of resource description is used in real-world environments.