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The development of integrated automation systems for continuous production plants is a very complicated process. A variety of factors must be taken into account, such as their different components (e.g., production units control systems, planning systems, financial systems, etc.), the interaction among them, and their different behavior (continuous or(More)
In continuous production networks such as oil fields, global optimization requires to optimize not only production mechanisms, but also scheduling mechanisms for continuous flows of products through the different units that belong to the production complex. Two functions must be performed in order to efficiently operate a production network: coordination to(More)
This paper presents a supervisory control scheme based on hybrid systems theory and fuzzy events detection. The fuzzy event detector is a linguistic model, which synthesizes complex relations between process variables and process events incorporating experts' knowledge about the process operation. This kind of detection allows the anticipation of(More)
The holonic system paradigm derives from the word “Holon” that was coined by Arthur Koestler (Kloester, 1967), and it comes from the composition of the Greek word "holos" that means “the whole” and the suffix "-on" that indicates part. According to Koestler, every holon has the same structure, that is stable, coherent and its components has the same(More)
Organization of a project within an Enterprise network raises several key issues in terms of decision and execution control. The distributed nature of the network requires a high level of autonomy in taking decisions and executing tasks, while operational efficiency calls for an optimal use of human and physical resources, and for efficient coordination(More)