Investigation of the reconfigurable control system for an agile manufacturing cell

Jie Zhang, Tung Sun Chan, Peigen Li, Henry C.W. Lau, Ralph W.L. Ip, P. Samaranayak

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A new type of manufacturing cell, with characteristics of reconfigurability, reusability and scalability, needs to be developed. To achieve the agile reconfiguration of a manufacturing cell, the cell control system must be rapidly and efficiently generated or modified. In this paper, a multi-agent based architecture is defined that supports the design and implementation of highly reconfigurable control systems for agile manufacturing cells, which are comprised of resource agents (material processing agents, material handling agents, and material storage agents), a control agent, and an information agent, in order to reduce costs and increase the control system's agility with respect to the changing environment. Different agents in the cell control system can be organized dynamically, communicate with each other through messages, and cooperate with each other to perform flexibly the task in the cell control system. The structure of the agents is proposed and the message-passing between agents is discussed in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3709-3723
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number15 SPEC.
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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