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Agent-Based Manufacturing and Control Systems

New Agile Manufacturing Solutions for Achieving Peak Performance, 1st Edition

By Massimo Paolucci, Roberto Sacile

CRC Press

288 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of 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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC009060
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TEC020000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Manufacturing