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Intelligent multi-agent coordination system for advanced manufacturing
Author(s): Francisco P. Maturana; Sivaram Balasubramanian; Douglas H. Norrie
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Paper Abstract

Global competition and rapidly changing customer requirements are forcing major changes in the production styles and configuration of manufacturing organizations. Agent-based systems are showing considerable potential as a new paradigm for agile manufacturing systems. With this approach, centralized and sequential manufacturing planning, scheduling, and control systems may be replaced by distributed intelligent systems to facilitate flexible and rapid response to changing production styles and variations in product requirements. In this paper, the characteristics and components of such a multi-agent architecture for advanced manufacturing are described. This architecture addresses agility in terms of the ability of the manufacturing system to solve manufacturing tasks using virtual enterprise mechanisms while maintaining concurrent information processing and control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3203, Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration, (9 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294432
Show Author Affiliations
Francisco P. Maturana, Rockwell Automation (Canada)
Sivaram Balasubramanian, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)
Douglas H. Norrie, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3203:
Architectures, Networks, and Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing Integration
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; San Murugesan; Odo Struger; Gerfried Zeichen, Editor(s)

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