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Software Agents-Enabled Systems Coalition for Integrated Manufacturing Processes and Supply Chain Management

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Author(s)

Shaw C. Feng, H Helaakoski, H Haapasalo, J Kipina

Abstract

Most business negotiations in supply chain and information exchange in manufacturing processes are heavily human-involved using proprietary data formats. The processes of negotiation and information exchange are usually time consuming and unreliable even in routine tasks. Software agents have been increasingly explored to improve the information flow and the decision-making process within networked manufacturing enterprises. In order to use agents in manufacturing applications, a software agent-enabled process integration framework for manufacturing and supply chain management has been developed and is described in this paper. The framework includes agent architectures, interaction protocols, message exchanges, an ontological engineering environment, business rules and knowledge bases, and databases. The initial implementation of the framework has been tested by a prototype multi-agent system in a steel product business network and a manufacturing network.
Citation
International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management - Special Issue on Modeling and Optimization of Supplier-based Manufacturing and Management

Keywords

Agent Architecture, Information Exchange, Integrated Manufacturing Processes, Networked Manufacturing Enterprise, Software Agents, Supply Chain Management

Citation

Feng, S. , Helaakoski, H. , Haapasalo, H. and Kipina, J. (2005), Software Agents-Enabled Systems Coalition for Integrated Manufacturing Processes and Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management - Special Issue on Modeling and Optimization of Supplier-based Manufacturing and Management, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=822258 (Accessed May 24, 2024)

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Created December 31, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021