Integration of virtual and real environments for engineering service-oriented manufacturing systems

Paulo Leitão*, J. Marco Mendes, Axel Bepperling, Daniel Cachapa, Armando W. Colombo, Francisco Restivo

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Engineering frameworks are currently required to support the easy, low-cost, modular and integrated development of manufacturing systems addressing the emergent requirements of re-configurability, responsiveness and robustness. This paper discusses the integration of 2D/3D digital software tools with Petri net based service-oriented frameworks to allow the design, configuration, analysis, validation, simulation, monitoring and control of manufacturing systems in a virtual environment and its posterior smooth migration into the real "physical" environment. An experimental case study was implemented to validate the proposed concepts, using the Continuum platform to design, compose, analyze, validate and simulate the Petri nets based serviceoriented manufacturing control system, and theDelmiaAutomationTM software suite to support the rapid prototyping and the easy simulation of the designed control solution. Theexperimental results prove several aspects of the proposed approach, notably the smooth migration between the design and the operation phases, one of the main objectives of the work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2551-2563
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Distributed production control systems
  • Petri nets
  • Re-configurable manufacturing systems
  • Service-oriented architectures


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