A Multi Agent Architecture to Support Self-organizing Material Handling

Andre Rocha, Luis Ribeiro, Jose Barata

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Emerging market conditions press current shop floors hard. Mass customization implies that manufacturing system have to be extremely dynamic when handling variety and batch size. Hence, the ability to quickly reconfigure the system is paramount. This involves both the stations that carry out the production processes and the transport system. Traditionally system reconfiguration issues have been approached from a optimization point of view. This means allocating a certain batch of work to specific machines/stations in an optimal schedule. Although in a an abstract way these solutions are elegant and sound sometimes the number and nature of their base assumptions are unrealistic. Approaching the problem from a self-organizing perspective offers the advantage of attaining a fair solution in a concrete environment and as a reaction of the current operational conditions. Even if optimality cannot be ensured the solutions attained and the online re-adjustments render the system generally robust. This works extends the IDEAS Agent Development Environment (IADE) developed in the FP7 Instantly Deployable Evolvable Assembly Systems (IDEAS) project which has demonstrated the basic concepts of the proposed approach. The main architectural changes are presented and justified and the prospects for the analysis and self-organizing control are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological Innovation for Collective Awareness Systems
EditorsLM CamarinhaMatos, NS Barrento, R Mendonca
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-54733-1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS) - Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Duration: 7 Apr 20149 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


Conference5th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS)
CityCosta da Caparica


  • Multi Agent
  • Transport System
  • Material Handling
  • Self-Organization
  • Load Balancing
  • Architecture

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