Agent-Based Manufacturing and Control Systems: New Agile by Massimo Paolucci

By Massimo Paolucci

The authors offer a realistic consultant to fill the distance among study and business international. Agent criteria and methodologies from layout to implementation, with designated connection with making plans, scheduling and regulate structures, are brought and associated with production info platforms.

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The first [21, 22] is a general methodology that, while supporting the microlevel and macrolevel of agent development, requires that interagent relationships (organization) and agent abilities be static at run-time. The GAIA analysis process starts by finding the roles in the system and continues by modeling interactions between the roles found. Roles are based on four attributes: responsibilities, permissions, activities, and protocols. , the role should add something good to the system, and safety properties, which prevent and disallow problems in the system.

Focusing on processes, and in order to guarantee that the proposed real-time agents can deal with the variety of hardware and software that may be encountered in a flexible manufacturing plant, platform independency becomes a must. The Java platform [30], whose claim is “write once, run everywhere,” is an ideal candidate solution for this purpose. It can be argued that Java may not be the best appropriate language for real-time programming; on the other hand, it offers all of the other features needed for the development of software agents, including an international standard for agent implementation and communication [10].

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