The GRACE project

The GRACE project is in line with the current need to build modular, intelligent and distributed manufacturing control systems.

The GRACE system will act at the Distributed Control System (DCS) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) levels, implementing the sharing of process critical information between and inside the two layers. This results in a more efficient management of resources and a higher final product quality.

The manufacturing assembly systems and the quality control stations of a production line will be treated as intelligent agents, and the whole production process will be supervised and controlled through the integrated and coordinated operation of a network of collaborative individual agents, each with its own objectives and behaviours, possessing its own perceptive and cognitive capabilities.

Grace approach will be demonstrated on a real case study, by implementing the architecture on a washing machines production line.

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