Title: Design of an agent-based distant and distributed manufacturing control system

Authors: Kung-Jeng Wang

Addresses: Department of Industrial Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan, ROC

Abstract: The design of distant and distributed monitoring and controlling the progress of tasks in a shop-floor level of a manufacturing system is more complicated than a commercial one. In this study, we proposed a design method for the distant manufacturing control using agent-based approach. A reference model using object-oriented technology is presented to facilitate the development of distant and distributed monitoring and controlling of a manufacturing system. We have successfully implemented a distant manufacturing control prototype based on the proposed reference model in a lab scale.

Keywords: distant manufacturing; object-oriented modelling; distributed control; agent-based systems; multi-agent systems; MAS; agile manufacturing; remote monitoring; manufacturing control.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2008.017486

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2008 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.66 - 83

Published online: 12 Mar 2008 *

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