Agent-Based Enhanced Workflow in Manufacturing Information Systems: the MAKE-IT Approach

Ernesto Montaldo, Roberto Sacile, Mauro Coccoli, Massimo Paolucci, Antonio Boccalatte

Abstract


Manufacturing is one of the main fields of application of software agent technology. In this respect, several current research projects focus on workflow management, with the aim of an integration and coordination among plant and business activities. In section I, the state of the art is presented, relevant to software agents and to the technologies currently adopted in the exploitation of agents in manufacturing information systems. In section II, the possibility of developing real-time agents at the shop floor level is investigated. In section III, the MAKE-IT (Manufacturing Agents in a Knowledgebased Environment driven by Internet Technologies) approach to agent-based enhancedworkflowin manufacturing information system is presented. Finally section IV presents our conclusions.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.2498/cit.2002.04.05

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