An iterative method for synthesizing non-blocking supervisors for a class of generalized Petri nets using mathematical programming
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Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (Dec 13, 2011)

This paper presents a novel and computational deadlock prevention policy for a class of generalized Petri nets, namely G-systems, which allows multiple resource acquisitions and flexible routings with machining, assembly and disassembly operations. In this research, a mixed integer programming (MIP)-based deadlock detection technique is used to find an insufficiently marked minimal siphon from a maximal deadly marked siphon for generalized Petri nets. In addition, two-stage control method is employed for deadlock prevention in Petri net model. Such proposed method is an iterative approach consisting of two stages. The first one is called siphons control , which adds a control place to the original net for each insufficiently marked minimal siphon. The objective is to prevent minimal siphons from being insufficiently marked. The second one, called control-induced siphons control , is to add a control place to the augmented net with its output arcs connecting to source transitions, which assures that there is no new insufficiently marked siphon generated due to the addition of the monitors. Compared with the existing approaches, the proposed deadlock prevention policy can usually lead to a non-blocking supervisor with more permissive behavior and high computational efficiency for a sizeable plant model due to avoiding complete siphon enumeration. Finally, a practical flexible manufacturing system (FMS) example is utilized to illustrate the proposed method.
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