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In this paper we show how we have applied, in a current project, mobile agent technology to an industrial process in the field of textile manufacturing. The project involves several companies, each of which is a Europe-wide representative of one of the key phases of the textile production process (e.g. spinning, weaving, dyeing, finishing and ready made(More)
I n this paper we present an architecture for developing applications which need to integrate legacy business enterprise information systems in a large distributed environment. In particular we address the problem of building Virtual Factories by interconnecting existing physical factories. The proposed architecture consists of several difierent frameworks(More)
The old electricity network infrastructure has proven to be inadequate, with respect to modern challenges such as alternative energy sources, electricity demand and energy saving policies. Moreover, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) seem to have reached an adequate level of reliability and flexibility in order to support a new concept of(More)
—Designing automation systems, as in most engineering endeavors, is primarily an architectural problem, involving hardware and software components. The objective of this paper is to introduce the concept of software architecture and styles in designing automation systems, and to describe an object framework for the development of global automation systems.