Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
This article describes a dynamic database to manage data flow throughout an automatic packaging and palletizing system (APPS) wherein data needs to be accessed at a high rate of speed due to the high throughput of the system. Control of the line is decentralized, thereby allowing certain parts of the system to continue operating during a failure. The failure of one controller does not shut down the entire line. (Image Omitted) The personal computer (PC) APPS is a serial process whereby a PC is prepped, packaged and then palletized. The entire operation is under the supervision of a cluster of PCs that control and monitor the entire operation, as illustrated in Fig. 1. The line is partitioned into six zones with one personal computer overseeing each zone, as shown in Fig. 2.