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Thursday, November 18th, 2010

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.

The GRACE project

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

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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