Agent-Based Manufacturing and Control Systems: New Agile by Massimo Paolucci

By Massimo Paolucci

The authors offer a realistic consultant to fill the distance among study and commercial international. Agent criteria and methodologies from layout to implementation, with distinctive connection with making plans, scheduling and keep an eye on platforms, are brought and associated with production info platforms.

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In this respect, partially on the basis of a previous work by Shen et al. [28] and related to a traditional view of the manufacturing information systems, Zhang et al. 6. The upper layer handles high-level manufacturing production requirements, from schedule generation to supply chain management. The execution control layer is composed of “holonic units” responsible for control application management, while control execution is introduced to “control what is being executed” and supports requirements such as fault detection and recovery.

Thereafter, fundamental techniques to break down a generic planning, scheduling, or control problem into basic entities, which can be modeled as autonomous agents, are introduced. Finally, some details are reported about the first meeting with the PS-Bikes managers, who wish to be acquainted with the possibilities of supporting their manufacturing system with agent technology and the practical issues entailed in designing agents and MASs. INTRODUCTION Manufacturing, defined as the action of making or fabricating from material or producing by labor [1], has been a characteristic human activity for thousands of years.

In conclusion, several MAS architectures have been proposed in the literature because this is the traditional approach to design information systems. Architecture MAS design should always be preferred whenever information system aspects are the predominant component. Process–Oriented MAS Design Another approach to the design process, which is always related to the system architecture and which is probably attractive for control engineers, is that which starts from the definition of the time constraints posed by the different processes in the manufacturing system.

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