Emergent flowshop control based on MASCADA agents

Martin Kollingbaum, Tapio Heikkilä, Patrick Peeters, Jeremy Matson, Paul Valckenaers, Duncan McFarlane, Geert-Jan Bluemink

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    New concepts for manufacturing control are required to allow faster responses to unanticipated operational disruptions and reconfigurations. This paper presents a new approach based on agent technology to gain both disturbance and change management capabilities. In this scheme, agents operate within an information distribution environment as observable in biological insect societies and the overall control behavior emerges from the decision taking of single agents. It is shown how to specify the right set of agents for a control application, how these agents are coordinated in their behavior and how decision making takes place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-192
    JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes
    Issue number20
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventIFAC Symposium on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control, MIM 2000 - Rio, Greece
    Duration: 12 Jul 200014 Jul 2000


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