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Title: Agent-based distributed manufacturing control: a state-of-the-art survey
Author: Leitão, Paulo
Keywords: Holonic manufacturing systems
Multi-agent systems
Flexible manufacturing systems
Intelligent manufacturing control
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Leitão, Paulo (2009) - Agent-based distributed manufacturing control: a state-of-the-art survey. International Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. ISSN 0952-1976. 22:7, p. 979-991
Abstract: Manufacturing has faced significant changes during the last years, namely the move from a local economy towards a global and competitive economy, with markets demanding for highly customized products of high quality at lower costs, and with short life cycles. In this environment, manufacturing enterprises, to remain competitive, must respond closely to customer demands by improving their flexibility and agility, while maintaining their productivity and quality. Dynamic response to emergence is becoming a key issue in manufacturing field because traditional manufacturing control systems are built upon rigid control architectures, which cannot respond efficiently and effectively to dynamic change. In these circumstances, the current challenge is to develop manufacturing control systems that exhibit intelligence, robustness and adaptation to the environment changes and disturbances. The introduction of multi-agent systems and holonic manufacturing systems paradigms addresses these requirements, bringing the advantages of modularity, decentralization, autonomy, scalability and re- usability. This paper surveys the literature in manufacturing control systems using distributed artificial intelligence techniques, namely multi-agent systems and holonic manufacturing systems principles. The paper also discusses the reasons for the weak adoption of these approaches by industry and points out the challenges and research opportunities for the future.
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