Modeling production configuration using nested colored object-oriented Petri-nets with changeable structures

Lianfeng (Linda) Zhang, Jianxin (Roger) Jiao*

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Configuring production processes based on process platforms has been well recognized as an effective means for companies to provide product variety while maintaining mass production efficiency. The production processes of product families involve diverse variations in manufacturing and assembly processes resulted from a large variety of component parts and assemblies. This paper develops a multilevel system of nested colored object-oriented Petri nets with changeable structures to model the configuration of production processes. To capture the semantics associated with production configuration decisions, some unique modeling mechanisms are employed, including colored Petri nets, object-oriented Petri nets, changeable Petri net structures, and net nesting. The modeling formalism comprises resource nets, manufacturing nets, assembly nets and process nets. The paper demonstrates how these net definitions are applied to the specification of production process variants at different levels of abstraction. Also reported is a case study in an electronics company. The system model is further analyzed with focus on conflict prevention and deadlock detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-378
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2009


  • Process platform
  • Production configuration
  • Colored Petri net
  • Object-oriented Petri net
  • Net nesting
  • FMS

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