A multiagent control system for shop floor assembly

Goncalo Candido, Jose Barata

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Abstract

Current globalization associated to new customers' needs are decreasing products' life-cycle and pushing researchers to find new ways to provide shop floor assembly systems with agility to adapt to this new volatile reality. This document describes a multiagent implementation to control a shop floor system, with increased plug and play capabilities and providing fast system (re)configuration. In this approach, each shop floor component was agentified enhancing its adaptability and interaction competences to respond to environmental requests. Each agent representing a shop floor component can be aggregated to form a coalition that coordinates higher level processes (complex skills) based on the ones available in its members. An ontology is used to ensure an accurate information exchange, as well as to define the domain and relations between entities. This approach also shows how to adapt legacy systems to support innovative approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHOLONIC AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS FOR MANUFACTURING, PROCEEDINGS
Editors Marik, Vyatkin, AW Colombo
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Pages293-302
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-74478-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event3rd International Conference on Industrial Application of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems - Regensburg, Germany
Duration: 3 Sep 20075 Sep 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Volume4659
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Industrial Application of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems
CountryGermany
CityRegensburg
Period3/09/075/09/07

Keywords

  • multiagent systems
  • agile shop floor
  • distributed control
  • ontology

Cite this

Candido, G., & Barata, J. (2007). A multiagent control system for shop floor assembly. In Marik, Vyatkin, & AW. Colombo (Eds.), HOLONIC AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS FOR MANUFACTURING, PROCEEDINGS (pp. 293-302). (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; Vol. 4659). SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN.