Production configuration of product families: An Approach based on Petri Nets

L. Zhang, B. Rodrigues, J. Slomp, G.J.C. Gaalman

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Configuring production processes for product families has been acknowledged as an effective means of dealing with product variety while maintaining production stability and efficiency. In an attempt to assist practitioners to better understand and implement production configuration, we study the underlying logic for configuring production processes for product families by means of dynamic modelling and visualization. Accordingly, we develop a formalism of nested colored timed Petri nets (PNs) to model production configuration. To cope with the modelling difficulties resulting from the fundamental issues in production configuration, three types of nets, namely process nets, assembly nets and manufacturing nets, together with a nested net system are defined by integrating the principles of colored PNs, timed PNs and nested PNs. An industrial example of electronics products is used throughout the whole paper to demonstrates how the proposed formalism is applied to specify production processes at differently levels of abstraction to achieve production configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 10th international conferences on enterprise information systems
EditorsJ Cordeiro, J Filipe
Place of PublicationBarcelona
PublisherINSTICC publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)*****************
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event10th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - , Spain
Duration: 12-Jun-200816-Jun-2008


Other10th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems


  • Production configuration
  • Timed Petri nets
  • Colored Petri nets
  • Transition synchronization

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