Taipei (Taiwan) – 28th-31stMay 2013

For the second and consecutive year the Grace Project will be present at the International Symposium on Industrial Electronics – ISIE 2013, the largest summer conference of the IEEE Electronics Society, at its 22nd edition in 2013. This represents an event that research and academia cannot miss to share their breakthroughs in emerging technologies and success stories in industrial electronics.

Grace will attend ISIE 2013 with three high quality scientific contributions, describing the latest project results.

Integration of process and quality control using Multi-Agent Technology
C.Cristalli | M. Foehr | P. Leitão | N. Paone | P. Castellini | C. Turrin | I. Schjolberg

The paper introduces a new approach on design of distributed manufacturing control systems. It will be shown how multi-agent principles, self-learning, self-adaptation and a new engineering method for distributed production systems can be used to enhance integration of production control process quality control. It will be highlighted how multi-agent systems may be implemented to enforce interaction of manufacturing execution system and distributed control system, enhancing the exploitation of all available information at the quality control and process control levels. Additional focus is set on production process modeling, quality control algorithms and an engineering methodology integrating all these aspects within. The final results are validated in the field of white ware using a washing machine production line.

Adaptation of the Functional Inspection Test Plan in a Production Line using a Multi-Agent System
N. Rodrigues | P. Leitão | M. Foehr | C. Turrin | A. Pagani | R. Decesari

The multi-agent systems technology is a proper approach to implement distributed manufacturing systems exhibiting adaptation and flexibility. This paper proposes a multi-agent based solution for the adaptation of the functional test plan in a production line producing washing machines, aiming to increase the process productivity and product quality. The global adaptation mechanism is embedded on the multi-agent system infrastructure, allowing the optimized selection of tests based on the correlation of the quality data gathered along the production line. The proposed approach was developed and installed on a real production line producing washing machines under the European Seventh Framework Programme GRACE project.

Engineering Process Evaluation
T. Schäffler | M. Foehr | Arndt Lüder | Kristin Supke

Engineering and installation processes are one cost driver within the life cycle of a technical system. Especially within international projects crossing country borders, the cost distribution and the cost allocation are challenges for the success of the technical system.
The engineers usually responsible for the decisions where and by whom an engineering activity has to be executed within the engineering process are usually not able to execute a highly detailed decision and management process as proposed by workflow management systems. Thus, an easier useable approach following the knowledge of these engineers is required.
Within this paper such an approach is described combining different modelling and analysis approaches in a new way resulting in an easy way for resource allocation decisions in engineering processes.

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