A new model for synchronous multi agents production amongst clients and subcontractors
International Journal of Simulation Modelling
In this paper a new Product Model (PM) for production is presented. An agent able to negotiate the operations that the product must undergo on the stations in manufacturing is attached to it. That agent has all the necessary information concerning its manufacturing range, the environment of production, the objectives, and the constraints and rules of production. The PM was introduced into a common experimental platform developed by the partners of the "Synchronous Production Amongst Clients and
... Amongst Clients and Subcontractors" (SPACS) Project. The latter integrates all the elements necessary for the management of the production in interaction with the Electronic Data Interchanges (EDI) amongst clients and subcontractors. A new approach for manufacturing systems' control, allowing increased reactivity and flexibility, is also proposed. It is based on a social approach with a totally decentralized architecture. The manufacturing system (MS) is made up of a set of autonomous and intelligent agents as in a society. The product is considered as an actor who takes part in the decisions. The products are likened to customers and the resources to service providers.