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A Method for Configuring Agents in Plug & Produce Systems
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7683-7662
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6604-6904
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8878-2718
2022 (English)In: SPS2022: Proceedings of the 10th Swedish Production Symposium / [ed] Amos H.C. Ng, Anna Syberfeldt, Dan Högberg, Magnus Holm, IOS Press, 2022, Vol. 21, p. 135-146Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Multi-agent technology, used for implementing Plug & Produce systems have many proposed benefits for fast adaption of manufacturing systems. However, still today multi-agent technology is not ready for the industry, due to the lack of mature supporting tools and guidelines. The result is that today, multi-agent systems are more complicated and time-consuming to use than traditional approaches. This hides their true benefits. In this paper, a new method for configuring agents is presented that includes automated deployment to manufacturing systems and by its flexible design opens the possibility to connect many other supporting tools when needed. A configuration tool is also designed that works with the proposed method by connecting to an agent configuration database. The overall aim of the method is to simplify the steps taken for adapting a manufacturing system for new parts and resources.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2022. Vol. 21, p. 135-146
Series
Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering, ISSN 2352-751X, E-ISSN 2352-7528
Keywords [en]
Industry 4.0; Configuration; Configuration database; Deployment; Flexible designs; Multi-agent technologies; Plug & produce; Supporting tool; Traditional approaches; Multi agent systems
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Production Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19198DOI: 10.3233/ATDE220133Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85132824747ISBN: 978-1-64368-268-6 (print)ISBN: 978-1-64368-269-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19198DiVA, id: diva2:1716185
Conference
10th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2022; Conference date: 26 April 2022 through 29 April 2022; Conference code: 179964
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20201192
Note

This paper was written as part of the PoPCoRN project, funded by the K-K foundation and the Miljö för Flexibel och Innovativ Automation, Project reference: 20201192, Funded under: Europeiska regionala utvecklingsfonden/VGR.

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Available from: 2022-12-05 Created: 2022-12-05 Last updated: 2023-01-05
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1. A Control Framework for Industrial Plug & Produce
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2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Kundanpassade produkter och korta produktionsserier blir alltmer populärt. Detta har lett till problem för dedikerade tillverkningssystem som är designade för massproduktion. Det krävs ofta långa produktionsserier för att det ska bli en rimlig investering att ställa om produktionen. Därför används människor för tillverkningsuppgifter som ofta ställs om. Denna avhandling fokuserar på konceptet Plug & Produce, som gör det enklare att flytta, lägga till och ta bort resurser från ett tillverkningssystem. Tanken är att resurser placeras i processmoduler som alla har samma fysiska gränssnitt för att kopplas in i tillverkningssystemet. Styrningen av tillverkningssystemet görs av ett multiagentsystem där varje detalj som ska produceras för produkter får en egen agent som representerar detaljen och agerar som styrningsmjukvara. Varje detaljs agent tar hand on sina egna tillverkningsmål genom att kommunicera med resursagenter i systemet som används för styrning av resurserna. I detta arbete, presenteras ett ramverk för Plug & Produce som består av ett konfigurerbart multiagentsystem, samt ett konfigurationsverktyg som kan användas för att definiera agenterna. Arbetet inkluderar metoder för att identifiera inkopplade resurser, kommunikation mellan agenter, schemaläggning som kan undvika konflikter mellan agenter, samt metoder för att automatiskt hitta vägar för transport genom tillverkningssystemet.

Abstract [en]

Customized products and low-volume production are becoming more popular resulting in a problem for dedicated manufacturing systems that are designed for mass production. Adapting a system to new demands is expensive and requires many products to be produced before it becomes a reasonable investment. This has forced factories to use human workers for manufacturing tasks that often change. This thesis focuses on a concept called Plug & Produce, which makes it easier to move, add, and remove resources in manufacturing systems. This is done by containing resources in process modules that all have the same physical connectors. To handle the control of the manufacturing system a multi-agent system is considered where each part to be produced for products has a part agent software running that represents that part. Each part agent takes care of their own manufacturing goals by communicating with resource agents that control the resources in the system. In this thesis, a Plug & Produce framework is describedthat consists of a configurable multi-agent system, together with a configuration tool for defining agent behaviours. Methods for identifying the resource that has been connected to a Plug & Produce system are investigated. Communication between agents in Plug & Produce is investigated. Scheduling is described for the presented systems to avoid conflicts when running multiple agents. Also, a pathfinding method for Plug & Produce is presented, which automatically gathers the necessary information for finding paths to transport parts through the manufacturing system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West, 2023. p. 66
Series
Production Tecnology ; 54
Keywords
Flexible Manufacturing, Ontology, Multi-agent system, Automation, Planning, Flexibel tillverkning, Ontologi, Multiagentsystem, Automation, Planering
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19523 (URN)9789189325425 (ISBN)9789189325418 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-02-01, F131, Gustava Melins gata, Trollhättan, 10:00 (English)
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Supervisors
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Paper E and F is to be submitted and not included in the electronic thesis.

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