The architectural foundations for agent-based shop floor control

Gilad Langer, Arne Bilberg

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    Abstract

    The emerging theory regardingHolonic Manufacturing Systems (HMS) presents a advantageoustheoretical foundation for the control system of themanufacturing system of the future. Previous research, at theDepartment, has demonstrated how company tailored shop floorcontrol can be developed by applying simulation and cell controlenabling technologies. In order to continuethis research effortnew concepts and theories for shop floor control are investigated.This paper reviews the multi-agent concept aimed at investigatingits potential use in shop floor control systems. The paper willalso include a survey of the ongoing research on HMS, and thecurrent results regarding the development of the Holonic Multi-cellControl System (HoMuCS)architecture and methodology. Additionally, issues regarding the feasibility and extent ofapplication of agents in the HoMuCS architecture will bediscussed. We will argue that the HoMuCS architecture can berealised by using multi-agent technology,and that it is also therequired foundation for implementation of agent technology inmanufacturing system control. The work is based on a theoreticalstudy of new manufacturing system theories, research of agent and multi-agent technology, two case studies and development of a prototype.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM98)
    Place of PublicationPortland, Oregon
    Publication date1998
    Pages725-735
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    EventThe 8th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM98) - Portland, Oregon
    Duration: 1 Jan 1998 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceThe 8th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM98)
    CityPortland, Oregon
    Period01/01/1998 → …

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