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Adaptive agent-based manufacturing control and its application to flow shop routing control

Peng, Y and McFarlane, D (2004) Adaptive agent-based manufacturing control and its application to flow shop routing control. Production Planning and Control, 15. pp. 145-155. ISSN 0953-7287

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Abstract

The manufacturing industry is currently facing unprecedented challenges from changes and disturbances. The sources of these changes and disturbances are of different scope and magnitude. They can be of a commercial nature, or linked to fast product development and design, or purely operational (e.g. rush order, machine breakdown, material shortage etc.). In order to meet these requirements it is increasingly important that a production operation be flexible and is able to adapt to new and more suitable ways of operating. This paper focuses on a new strategy for enabling manufacturing control systems to adapt to changing conditions both in terms of product variation and production system upgrades. The approach proposed is based on two key concepts: (1) An autonomous and distributed approach to manufacturing control based on multi-agent methods in which so called operational agents represent the key physical and logical elements in the production environment to be controlled - for example, products and machines and the control strategies that drive them and (2) An adaptation mechanism based around the evolutionary concept of replicator dynamics which updates the behaviour of newly formed operational agents based on historical performance records in order to be better suited to the production environment. An application of this approach for route selection of similar products in manufacturing flow shops is developed and is illustrated in this paper using an example based on the control of an automobile paint shop.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive manufacturing control Agent-based manufacturing control Flow shop routing Operational agent
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:37
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 19:05
DOI: 10.1080/09537280410001662529