Real-Time Automatic Workstation Operating System
Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This Operating System is used on Cells 1 and 4 which is part of an automated factory. The operating system is essentially the microprocessor's (MPC) controlling software, directing all workstation operations and device sequencing. In addition, the Operating system controls operator panel functions, maintenance, and station safety. Finally, the communication interface between the MPC and the cell controller (i.e., IBM Series/1) is provided by the MPC operating system. The elements of the workstation controller are shown in a block diagram (Fig. 1). The Ziatech 8806, 8820, and 8840 cards comprise the 8088 microprocessor-based MPC which includes five interval timers, five asynchronous serial ports, 16 parallel I/O lines, and 64K bytes of static RAM.