Configuration of manufacturing organizations and production styles are forced to rapid changes due to global competition and evolving requirement of customers, who always want tailored and high quality products.

The majority of the traditional manufacturing control systems are not designed to exhibit the capabilities of responsiveness, flexibility, robustness and re-configurability, since they are built upon centralized and hierarchical control structures, which present good production optimization, but a weak response to changes due to the rigidity and centralization of their control structures.

The GRACE approach is in line with the needs to have modular, intelligent and distributed manufacturing control systems. The main objective of the GRACE project is to conceive, study, develop, implement and validate a collaborative Multi-Agent System (MAS) which operates at all stages of a production line. This innovation aims to introduce a new vision of the production process which leads to an easy integration of the process control with quality control at local and global levels.

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