In this paper, a new method is proposed for digital hardware implementation of Petri net-based specifications. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new discrete event control system paradigm, where the control system is modeled with extended Petri nets and implemented as an asynchronous controller using circuit elements. The applicability of the proposed method is demonstrated by an asynchronous implementation of a Petri net-based discrete event control system (DECS) for an experimental manufacturing system using a Xilinx field programmable gate array (FPGA). Unlike microprocessor, microcontroller or programmable logic controller (PLC)-based software implementations or hardware-based synchronous implementations, the implementation method used in this paper is asynchronous and based on hardware offering very high speed to control fast plants at low cost. This paper is expected to serve as a guideline to show how to obtain very high speed, concurrent and asynchronous Petri net-based controllers.