Coalitions of manufacturing components for shop floor agility - the CoBASA architecture

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In this article, an agent-based architecture in which cooperation is regulated by contracts is proposed as a flexible approach to dynamic shop floor re-engineering. It describes the dynamic and flexible cooperation of manufacturing agents, representing manufacturing resources and how they can be created from a generic agent template. Agents behaviour and contract types and structure are discussed. The first experimental results are also introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-77
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal Of Networking And Virtual Organisations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Agile manufacturing
  • Contracts
  • Multiagent systems
  • Virtual organisation
  • Societies and institutions
  • Virtual reality
  • Agile manufacturing systems
  • Computer supported cooperative work
  • Flexible manufacturing systems
  • Intelligent agents
  • Multi agent systems
  • Reengineering
  • Resource allocation

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