Optimize Resource Utilization at Multi-site Facilities with Agent Technology

Abstract : Many enterprises expanded their manufacturing environment from localised, single-site facility to more globalised, multi-site facilities. This paper proposes a multi-agent system, using its characteristics of autonomy and intelligence, to integrate process planning and production scheduling across different facilities, so as to secure the most efficient and cost-effective plan and schedule to meet the demand. A currency-based agent iterative bidding mechanism is developed to facilitate the coordination of agents. A genetic algorithm is employed to tune the currency values for agent bidding. In this paper, a case study is used for simulation in order to demonstrate the effectiveness and performance of the proposed agent system.
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M. Lim, H. Chan. Optimize Resource Utilization at Multi-site Facilities with Agent Technology. 19th Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2012, Rhodes, Greece. pp.503-510, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40361-3_64⟩. ⟨hal-01470702⟩

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