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An agent-based approach to planning and controlling adaptable cell-oriented assembly systems

: Gaal, Alexander; Hofer, Klemens; Ryback, Thomas; Lingitz, Lukas; Sihn, Wilfried

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Procedia CIRP 93 (2020), S.1158-1163
ISSN: 2212-8271
Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) <53, 2020, Online>
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer Austria ()
Montage; adaptive Produktion; Cyber-Physisches Montagesystem; Multi-Agenten-System; Simulation

In today’s production environment, change is an integral part of all aspects of production planning and control. Adaptable cell-oriented assembly systems can be equally efficient as conventional assembly lines. While, the former provides significantly more flexibility, contributing to the inevitable transition to more productive and variant-oriented assembly. This paper presents a novel concept for planning and controlling of modular and adaptable assembly systems. The approach utilizes an agent-based simulation model designed by embedding and orchestrating intelligence into assembly modules such as products, workstations, materials and tools. As a result, this leads to higher autonomy in communication among all system entities and allows more configuration possibilities and greater flexibility in the control of assembly flows and system performance, respectively.