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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of International Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|MoE publication type||B3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings|
|Event||International Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99 - Kobe, Japan|
Duration: 6 Dec 1999 → 7 Dec 1999
|Conference||International Workshop on Emergen Synthesis, IWES 99|
|Period||6/12/99 → 7/12/99|