There is a rising demand for customised products with a high degree of complexity. To meet these demands, manufacturing lines are increasingly becoming autonomous, networked, and intelligent, with production lines being virtualised into a manufacturing cloud, and advertised either internally to a company, or externally in a public cloud. In this paper, we present a novel approach to two key problems in such future manufacturing systems: the realisability problem (whether a product can be manufactured by a set of manufacturing resources) and the control problem (how a particular product should be manufactured). We show how both production recipes specifying the steps necessary to manufacture a particular product, and manufacturing resources and their topology can be formalised as labelled transition systems, and define a novel simulation relation which captures what it means for a recipe to be realisable on a production topology. We show how a controller that can orchestrate the resources in order to manufacture the product on the topology can be extracted from the simulation relation, and give an algorithm to compute a simulation relation and a controller.
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