An Axiomatic Design of a Multi-Agent Reconfigurable Manufacturing System Architecture
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of ICAD2014 The Eighth International Conference on Axiomatic Design Campus de Caparica – September 24-26, 2014 / [ed] António M. Gonçalves-Coelho, Miguel Cavique and António Mourão, 2014, 51-58 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In recent years, the fields of reconfigurable manufacturing systems, holonic manufacturing systems, and multi-agent systems have made technological advances to support the ready reconfiguration of automated manufacturing systems. While these technological advances have demonstrated robust operation and been qualitatively successful in achieving reconfigurability, their ultimate industrial adoption remains limited. Amongst the barriers to adoption has been the relative absence of formal and quantitative multi-agent system design methodologies based upon reconfigurability measurement. Hence, it is not clear 1.) the degree to which these designs have achieved their intended level of reconfigurability 2.) which systems are indeed quantitatively more reconfigurable and 3.) how these designs may overcome their design limitations to achieve greater reconfigurability in subsequent design iterations. To our knowledge, this paper is the first multi-agent system reference architecture for reconfigurable manufacturing systems driven by a quantitative and formal design approach. It is rooted in an established engineering design methodology called axiomatic design for large flexible engineering systems and draws upon design principles distilled from prior works on reconfigurability measurement. The resulting architecture is written in terms of the mathematical description used in reconfigurability measurement which straightforwardly allows instantiation for system-specific application.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 51-58 p.
multi-agent system, reconfigurability, reconfigurable manufacturing systems, axiomatic design
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109306ISBN: 978-0-9894658-2-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-109306DiVA: diva2:737064
8th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD 2014), Campus de Caparica, Portugal, 24-26, September 2014