Pheromone based emergent shop floor control system for flexible flow shops

Patrick Peeters, Hendrik Van Brussel, Paul Valckenaers, Jo Wyns, Luc Bongaerts, Tapio Heikkilä, Martin Kollingbaum

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    Abstract

    Changes and disturbances on the shop floor require fast responding and easy implementable/modifiable control systems. Reconfigurability of the systems and disturbance handling can be guaranteed by using multi-agent technology. However, no sound co-operation mechanism has already been developed to overcome all algorithmic shop floor control problems.This paper presents a shop floor control system for flexible flow shops, analogous to natural multi-agent systems like ants.The pheromone concept, its advantages, the integration in the shop floor control system, test results and a methodology to develop the system are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of International Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99
    Pages173-182
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99 - Kobe, Japan
    Duration: 6 Dec 19997 Dec 1999

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99
    CountryJapan
    CityKobe
    Period6/12/997/12/99

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    Peeters, P., Van Brussel, H., Valckenaers, P., Wyns, J., Bongaerts, L., Heikkilä, T., & Kollingbaum, M. (1999). Pheromone based emergent shop floor control system for flexible flow shops. In Proceedings of International Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99 (pp. 173-182)