Software agents-enabled systems coalition for integrated manufacturing processes and supply chain management

Shaw C. Feng, Heli Helaakoski, Harri Haapasalo, Janne Kipinä

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Abstract

Most business negotiations in supply chain and information exchange in manufacturing processes are heavily human-involved using proprietary data formats. The processes of negotiation and information exchange are usually time consuming and unreliable even in routine tasks. Software agents have been increasingly explored to improve the information flow and the decision-making process within networked manufacturing enterprises. In order to use agents in manufacturing applications, a software agent-enabled process integration framework for manufacturing and supply chain management has been developed and is described in this paper. The framework includes agent architectures, interaction protocols, message exchanges, an ontological engineering environment, business rules and knowledge bases and databases. The initial implementation of the framework has been tested by a prototype multi-agent system in a steel product business network and a manufacturing network
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Software agents
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Industry
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Supply chains
Decision making
Integrated
Manufacturing process
And supply chain management
Network protocols
Steel
Information exchange
Manufacturing

Keywords

  • agent architecture
  • autonomous agents
  • manufacturing planning
  • multi-agent system
  • supply chain management
  • systems integration

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In: International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2007, p. 157-173.

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