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Industrial Agents by Paulo Leitão, Stamatis Karnouskos

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Chapter 2

Industrial Agents

Rainer Unland    Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems (ICB), University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, GermanyDepartment of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Abstract

Industrial applications have been going through significant changes in recent times. In particular, the trend toward globalization has changed the game significantly. Global business means global competition, which requires shorter product life cycles. In consumer-oriented businesses especially, this leads to a trend toward highly customized and individualized products. This imposes a number of profound and far-reaching demands on modern industrial manufacturing systems ...

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