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Self-Organizing Manufacturing Control: An Industrial Application of Agent Technology

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Self-Organizing Manufacturing Control: An Industrial Application of Agent Technology
We present an auction-based approach to manufacturing control. Workpieces auction off their current task, while machines bid for tasks. When awarding a machine, a workpiece takes into account not only the machine's current work in process, but also the outgoing flow of material. If a machine's outgoing stream is blocked, eventually the machine will not accept a new workpiece, thus blocking its input stream as well. As a result a capacity bottleneck is automatically propagated in the opposite direction of the material flow. A unique feature of this mechanism is that it does not pre-suppose any specific material flow; the current capacity bottleneck is always propagated in the opposite direction of the actual flow, no matter what this flow looks like. This paper includes a detailed analysis of the mechanism, including a formal proof of its freedom of deadlocks. DaimlerChrysler evaluated the new control approach as a bypass to an existing manufacturing line. A suite of performa...
Stefan Bussmann, Klaus Schild
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Type Conference
Year 2000
Where ICMAS
Authors Stefan Bussmann, Klaus Schild
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