In this paper, benchmarking efforts for production control approaches applied to complex manufacturing systems are described. Complex manufacturing systems are characterized by a large number of products, an over time changing product mix, sequence-dependent set-up times, unrelated parallel machines, a mix of different process types, and internal and external disturbances. In order to ensure comparison possibilities among different production control approaches, the usage of a simulation test-bed and a software architecture that allows for plug in of different production control software are suggested. Different application areas, the advantages, and also the limitations of the suggested approach are discussed. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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