Authors: Jose Barata, Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
Addresses: New University of Lisbon and Uninova Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal. New University of Lisbon and Uninova Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Abstract: In this article, an agent-based architecture in which cooperation is regulated by contracts is proposed as a flexible approach to dynamic shop floor re-engineering. It describes the dynamic and flexible cooperation of manufacturing agents, representing manufacturing resources and how they can be created from a generic agent template. Agents| behaviour and contract types and structure are discussed. The first experimental results are also introduced.
Keywords: virtual organisation; contracts; agile manufacturing; multiagent systems; virtual enterprise.
International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2003 Vol.2 No.1, pp.50 - 77
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