Towards evolvable state machines for automation systems
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Applied Engineering Sciences
Engineering sciences. Technology
ICONS 2013, The Eight International Conference on Systems
University of Antwerp
Since several decades, the pressure on organizations to swiftly adapt to their environment has been increasing. This also applies to industry. One of the consequences is the increasing importance of evolvability in production control systems. Many such systems are modelled using finite state machines. This paper presents an explorative attempt to define design rules and constraints that should be applied to state machines to enable evolvability. Our design of an evolvable state machine is based on normalized systems theory. Without loss of generality, this design is inspired by the typical requirements of automation systems.