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The Application of Agent-Based Technology to Packaging Line

Alenius, Johannes and Millnert, Mats (2008) In MSc Theses
Department of Automatic Control
Abstract
Control systems used by manufacturing companies today are often centralized. In such a system, the controller is concentrated to one location. As the production lines in Tetra Pak becomes more and more complex with growing costumer demand, a centralized approach becomes more and more inadequate. Agent-based technology provides a way to implement a desirable, robust and decentralized manufacturing environment. Agents can be viewed as generalizations of objects in object oriented programming, which takes decisions based on own intelligence as well as others. A community of agents, efficiently cooperating in order to reach a higher level or global goal, is called a MAS (Multi Agent System). This thesis deals with applying an agent based... (More)
Control systems used by manufacturing companies today are often centralized. In such a system, the controller is concentrated to one location. As the production lines in Tetra Pak becomes more and more complex with growing costumer demand, a centralized approach becomes more and more inadequate. Agent-based technology provides a way to implement a desirable, robust and decentralized manufacturing environment. Agents can be viewed as generalizations of objects in object oriented programming, which takes decisions based on own intelligence as well as others. A community of agents, efficiently cooperating in order to reach a higher level or global goal, is called a MAS (Multi Agent System). This thesis deals with applying an agent based solution into the Tetra Pak A3 packaging line. A thorough study of decentralized systems in manufacturing environments is made which finally leads to the choosing of CBR (Case Based Reasoning) as reasoning paradigm for the age! nts. Agents adapt solutions to new problems by initializing voting procedures among all agents in the community. FIPA (the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents) provides specifications regarding infrastructure of the architecture surrounding the agents with focus on communication and organization.Studies of seven different cases is carried out to verify the strength of the control policies developed. Agent behaviour and line configuration is simulated in the Line Simulator implemented in Matlab. (Less)
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Alenius, Johannes and Millnert, Mats
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MSc Theses
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TFRT-5811
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0280-5316
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English
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8847597
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  abstract     = {Control systems used by manufacturing companies today are often centralized. In such a system, the controller is concentrated to one location. As the production lines in Tetra Pak becomes more and more complex with growing costumer demand, a centralized approach becomes more and more inadequate. Agent-based technology provides a way to implement a desirable, robust and decentralized manufacturing environment. Agents can be viewed as generalizations of objects in object oriented programming, which takes decisions based on own intelligence as well as others. A community of agents, efficiently cooperating in order to reach a higher level or global goal, is called a MAS (Multi Agent System). This thesis deals with applying an agent based solution into the Tetra Pak A3 packaging line. A thorough study of decentralized systems in manufacturing environments is made which finally leads to the choosing of CBR (Case Based Reasoning) as reasoning paradigm for the age! nts. Agents adapt solutions to new problems by initializing voting procedures among all agents in the community. FIPA (the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents) provides specifications regarding infrastructure of the architecture surrounding the agents with focus on communication and organization.Studies of seven different cases is carried out to verify the strength of the control policies developed. Agent behaviour and line configuration is simulated in the Line Simulator implemented in Matlab.},
  author       = {Alenius, Johannes and Millnert, Mats},
  issn         = {0280-5316},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {MSc Theses},
  title        = {The Application of Agent-Based Technology to Packaging Line},
  year         = {2008},
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