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Automated Logistics and Production Solution Software Architecture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108125D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 113K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hearin, L: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is the Automated Logistics and Production Solution (ALPS) software architecture. The ALPS architecture focuses on configurable and reusable plant floor control systems for multi-tasking environments. The ALPS architecture focus areas are as follows: Toolbox Processes:

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Automated Logistics and Production Solution Software Architecture

       Disclosed is the Automated Logistics and Production
Solution (ALPS) software architecture.  The ALPS architecture focuses
on configurable and reusable plant floor control systems for
multi-tasking environments.  The ALPS architecture focus areas are as
follows:
Toolbox Processes:

      Toolbox processes are programs that are common to most
manufacturing environments (for example, error handling and
security).  As programs are developed that are considered generic,
they are added into the ALPS repository of toolbox programs.  These
programs are then considered in each ALPS design promoting design
consistency.
Toolbox Libraries:

      Toolbox routines and libraries contain general-purpose
functions that can be used in designing and implementing ALPS
processes.  These common functions also promote design consistency in
process design.
Interprocess Communications:

      The ability for processes/programs to communicate with one
another is fundamental in any ALPS design.  ALPS offers a unique
communication tool with its own Interprocess Communications Library
(IPCOM) which allows a system designer not to be concerned where
processes reside with respect to PC hardware.  The IPCOM library
functions are a part of every ALPS process/program.  IPCOM takes care
of transporting messages from process to process.  IPCOM utilizes
operating system extensions, such as DAE, NETBIOS, and OS/2* Queue...