Agent-Based Manufacturing and Control Systems: New Agile Manufacturing Solutions for Achieving Peak Performance

Agent-Based Manufacturing and Control Systems: New Agile Manufacturing Solutions for Achieving Peak Performance

By: Roberto Sacile (author), Massimo Paolucci (author)Hardback

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Traditional manufacturing systems rely upon centralized, hierarchical systems that are not responsive enough to the increasing demand for mass customization. Decentralized, or heterarchical, management systems using autonomous agents promise to nullify the limitations of previous solutions. Agent-Based Manufacturing and Control Systems: New Agile Manufacturing Solutions for Achieving Peak Performance offers a survey of both the literature and the practical applications of this technology. Using a realistic example of a fictitious firm throughout, the book indicates when agent-based systems are appropriate, enumerates techniques to decompose a problem into entities that can be modeled as agents, provides a step-by-step guide to implementation, and offers hints for using simulation to design the system. The authors pay particular attention to object-oriented techniques and to the selection of appropriate tools and inter-agent communication standards, with specific reference to JADE middleware and FIPA framework. Practical, applicative, and thoroughly modern, this text provides all the tools necessary for implementing an extremely flexible, robust, adaptive, and fault-tolerant manufacturing system. This is the perfect reference for AI researchers, industrial manufacturing engineers, operations researchers, and plant managers who wish to develop the most efficient manufacturing systems available.

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Contents

AGENT TECHNOLOGY IN MODERN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS Introduction Agents and Multiagent Systems From Agent Technology to Manufacturing Practice Book Motivations and Purposes References ISSUES IN DESIGNING AGENT-BASED MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS Introduction Agent System Engineering Issues in Designing Agent-Based Manufacturing Systems at PS-Bikes Conclusions References AGENTS FOR PLANNING, SCHEDULING, AND CONTROL Introduction Focusing on Planning, Scheduling, and Control Activities in Manufacturing Planning, Scheduling, and Control in Manufacturing from an Integrated Perspective Basic Concepts in Production Planning Basic Concepts in Production Scheduling Basic Concepts in Production Control Agent-Based Applications in Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling Agent-Based Applications for Scheduling and Control in Manufacturing Planning, Scheduling, and Control In PS-Bikes Conclusions References AGENT-BASED SIMULATION Manuel Gentile, Massimo Paolucci, and Roberto Sacile Introduction Modeling and Simulating in Manufacturing Multiagent-Based Simulation Platforms to Support Multiagent-Based Simulation Development An Application of MABS in PS-Bikes Conclusions References AGENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION Massimo Cossentino and Luca Sabatucci Introduction A Case Study: Designing the PS-Bikes System Designing the Solution with PASSI Agent Implementation References PAST SUCCESSES Introduction Two Outstanding Supply Chain-Oriented MAS Applications in Manufacturing Successful MAS Applications in Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling Successful MAS Applications in Manufacturing Scheduling and Control Practical Working Industrial Applications Conclusions References FUTURE CHALLENGES Introduction Next Generation e-Manufacturing Solutions What Must Be Refined in Agent-Based Manufacturing What Has Yet to Be Done in Agent-Based Manufacturing PS-Bikes and Its Challenging "Agentification" Process to Achieve Agility Conclusions References

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/10/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781574443363
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781574443363
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 1574443364

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