From plant and logistics control to multi-enterprise collaboration

S. Y. Nof, G. Morel, L. Monostori, A. Molina, F. Filip

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Current and emerging manufacturing and logistics systems are posing new challenges and opportunities for the automation and control community. This milestone report describes the main problems, such as management of complexity, scalability, increasing costs, coordination, market-based resource allocation, and more. Recent accomplishments and trends are discussed: Control and automation techniques, manufacturing plant automation, collaborative control through integration and networking, and control methods applied to extended enterprises and large-scale critical infrastructure. Finally, forecasts are presented for the next generation manufacturing system; e-work; integration, coordination and collaboration; networked, distributed decision support (NDSS); and active middleware.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th IFAC World Congress, IFAC 2005
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)008045108X, 9780080451084
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2005

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
ISSN (Print)1474-6670



  • Agents
  • Bio-inspired control
  • Collaborative control
  • Complex systems
  • Coordination
  • Digital enterprise
  • Distributed manufacturing
  • Enterprise networks
  • Integration
  • Large-scale systems
  • Multi-agent control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Nof, S. Y., Morel, G., Monostori, L., Molina, A., & Filip, F. (2005). From plant and logistics control to multi-enterprise collaboration. In Proceedings of the 16th IFAC World Congress, IFAC 2005 (1 ed., pp. 218-231). (IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline); Vol. 38, No. 1). IFAC Secretariat.