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This paper attempts to model the formation of a manufacturing network based on the holonic manufacturing concept. An industrial case study involving a large network of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) has been carried out to investigate the processes underpinning the network formation and job allocation activities. An algorithm using agent-based(More)
The focus of this paper is on interaction protocols and topologies of multi-agent systems for task allocation in manufacturing applications. Resource agents in manufacturing are members of a network whose possible logical topologies and governing interaction protocol influence the scheduling and control in the multi-agent system. Four models are identified(More)
Changes and disturbances are of major concerns in manufacturing shopfloors as they would result in daily operation disruptions, and cause difficulties for companies to forecast and realise production plans. The capability of a company to rapidly respond to such issues is important to gain competitive advantage in the market. This review paper compares the(More)
—Market-based mechanisms such as the contract net protocol (CNP) are very popular for dynamic job allocation in distributed manufacturing control and scheduling. The CNP can be deployed with different configurations of the system elements. Every configuration corresponds to a basic or a hybrid topology. The subject of topology is generally discussed in the(More)
—This paper focuses on interaction protocols and topologies of multiagent systems (MASs) for task allocation, particularly in manufacturing application. Resource agents in manufacturing are members of a network whose possible logical topologies and governing interaction protocol influence the scheduling and control in the MAS. Four models are presented in(More)
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