Functionalities of multi-agent systems in Programmable Logic Controllers

João Alvarez Peixoto, Carlos Eduardo Pereira, José Barata de Oliveira

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The consumer market ever more calls for diversified products in small batches and the industry lacks production systems that meet the demands with efficiency and ability to adapt quickly. Integrated manufacturing systems implemented have their management for programmable logic controllers and electrical interconnections, control logic and satisfactory robustness, but they do not attend the needs of diversity and flexibility in production. The solutions to these needs refer the company to migrate to the use of new technologies of control, circuit and logic. However, for an industry migrates is a very big and expensive step. Then, there is an urgent need for methods that implement the interface between logic controllers and multi-agent systems in order to evolve an integrated manufacturing system taking advantage of all electrical circuitry, control logic and the logic controller that installs itself, taking advantage of the self-adapting characteristics that the multi-agent systems provide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event4th IFAC Symposium on Telematics Applications (TA) - Porto Alegre, Brazil
Duration: 6 Sep 20169 Sep 2016


  • agility
  • industrial manufacturing
  • multi-agent systems
  • self-adaptive systems
  • self-x


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