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A multi-agent framework for capability-based reconfiguration of industrial assembly systems


Nikolas Antzoulatos

Elkin Castro

Lavindra de Silva


Cripps Professor of Production Engineering & Head of Research Division



Rapidly changing market requirements and shorter product lifecycles demand assembly systems that are able to cope with frequently changing resources, resource capabilities and product specifications. This paper presents a multi-agent framework that can adapt an assembly system in order to cope with such changes. The focus of this work is on the ability to plug resources (such as PLCs) into and out of the system, and dynamically aggregate resource capabilities to form more complex ones as resources are plugged in. In addition, an implementation of the framework on an industrial assembly system is discussed, and some insights are provided into some of the key features that product specification languages ought to have to be useful in real world assembly systems, and into the added value of using the proposed framework.


Antzoulatos, N., Castro, E., de Silva, L., Rocha, A. D., Ratchev, S., & Barata, J. (in press). A multi-agent framework for capability-based reconfiguration of industrial assembly systems. International Journal of Production Research,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 24, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 17, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2017
Journal International Journal of Production Research
Print ISSN 0020-7543
Electronic ISSN 0020-7543
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Manufacturing, multi-agent system, capability framework, plug and produce, assembly systems, reconfiguration
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Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in International Journal of Production Research 2016


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