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Simulation of dynamic communication clusters in a factory environment
Author(s): Kazunori Isomoto; Neil Johnson; Saburo Okada; Satoshi Fujita; Masafumi Yamashita
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Paper Abstract

In a previous paper we proposed a new kind of factory system that uses mobile robots to transport parts and materials between assembly stations. In this system, which we call an `assembly network,' the factory's assembly stations operate independently of a centralized production plan and negotiate with each other (via message passing) for access to robots. Using this assembly network as a testbed, we are developing distributed algorithms to allow the stations to organize themselves into small `communication clusters.' In this paper we will describe the current clustering algorithm that we are using in more detail than in the previous paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3517, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing, (9 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326938
Show Author Affiliations
Kazunori Isomoto, Mazda Motor Corp. (Japan)
Neil Johnson, Hiroshima Univ. (Japan)
Saburo Okada, Chugoku National Industrial Research Institute (Japan)
Satoshi Fujita, Hiroshima Univ. (Japan)
Masafumi Yamashita, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3517:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; San Murugesan, Editor(s)

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