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An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems

Frei, R. and Ferrara, B. and di Marzo Serugendo, Giovanna and Barata, J. (2009) An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems. In: 2009 IEEE international conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, October 11-14, 2009, Texas, U.S..

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Agile manufacturing requires high responsiveness at all levels of a company, but is especially challenging on the shop-floor level. Evolvable Assembly Systems (EAS) are a solution: agentified modules can be seamlessly integrated into existing systems, or removed at any instant. EAS offer a more flexible solution to automation production, but many system design and integration tasks are still done manually. Our goal is to make EAS increasingly self-managing: 1) to easily and quickly produce a new or re-configured assembly system each time a new product order arrives or each time a failure or weakness arises in the current assembly system and 2) to maintain production also under degraded conditions. This article describes an architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems. It involves on-the-fly self-assembly of robotic modules, dynamic coordination of tasks and self-adaptation to production conditions, mainly self-healing and self-optimisation. The architecture exploits self-description of modules, monitored modules behaviour and dynamic policies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Computer Science and Information Systems
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Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 13:11
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