Online Manufacturing Benchmarks

A 5 step guide in simulating your first industrial case

Before your begin

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Step 1: Launching the Test Bed Assistant

By clicking this link the Test Bed Assistant will be launched. To learn more about Java Web Start, and how to use it, go here.

Step 2: Selecting the case description

A case description describes both the static features (physical components, layout) of the test bed and the dynamics parameters. More information can be found in the available publications. To load a model, first download a case description here. Then load the case by selecting the system summary and click the left side open icon, as indicated in figure 1.

More information on creating/changing a case study can be found here.


Fig1: Load case study description

Step 3: Launching the simulation

The production system model and the manufacturing scenario is the necessary input for the kernel. To launch the simulation, click here. Now, the launch simulation screen appears (Fig. 2,3). Different settings can be made here:

Fig 5/6:  Simulation parameters-Holonic MES parameters

Step 4: Inspecting the simulation log

The simulation log contains all states of the factory (states of the machines, transport system) and the events (starting of a machine, breakdown, ..) that occured during the simulation run. With the simulation log browser, one can browse through this log  (as in Fig 4.).

Fig 4: Simulation log browser

Step 5: Selecting performance measures

The simulation log is a collection of xmlfiles. On this xml file you can filter the needed information by applying an xslt stylesheet to it. Having the filted information the user is able to analyse it with any kind of program he would like to.
More information can be found here.