Agent-based brokerage for virtual enterprise creation in the moulds industry

Ricardo J. Rabelo, Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, Rolando V. Vallejos

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Brokerage and partners search is an important activity in the creation phase of a virtual enterprise (VE), where the most adequate consortium of enterprises should be se lected to respond to a given business opportunity obtained by a broker. This paper proposes a multi-agent-based architecture to support this fUnctionality in the context of a cluster of twelve enterprises in the moulds and die sector. The system includes a broker agent, a facilitator and consortium agents that plan the possible VEs, and a set of agents representing the enterprises participating in the cluster. The contract-net protocol is used to collect bids from cluster members and to select the most adequate ones. In case the cluster does not cover all the re quirements a more gene ral search for partners can be performed on Internet-based directories of ente rprises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-290
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Cluster computing
  • Molds
  • Internet based
  • Virtual enterprise
  • Agent-based brokerages
  • Business opportunities


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