Multi agent architecture for dynamic incremental process planning in the flexible manufacturing system

Hossein Tehrani Nik Nejad*, Nobuhiro Sugimura, Koji Iwamura, Yoshitaka Tanimizu

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Due to rapid changes of markets and pressures of competitions, industries are adopting their production ways to support diversity of customer's needs and increase of new product developments. This paper deals with development of an agent-based architecture of dynamic systems for process planning in the manufacturing systems. In consideration of alternative manufacturing processes and machine tools, the process plans and the schedules of the manufacturing resources are generated incrementally and dynamically. A previously proposed negotiation protocol is customized and improved to generate suitable process plans for the target products real-timely and dynamically, based on the alternative manufacturing processes. The alternative manufacturing processes are presented by the process plan networks and the suitable process plans are searched and generated to cope with both the dynamic status and disturbances of the manufacturing systems. We initiatively combine the heuristic search algorithms of the process plan networks with the negotiation protocols, in order to generate suitable process plans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-499
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Flexible manufacturing system
  • Multi agent system
  • Process planning
  • Scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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