Chapter . Intelligent software agents as a basis for collaborative manufacturing systems

Berend Denkena, Alessandro Battino, Peer-Oliver Woelk

Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW), Hannover Centre of Production Technology, University of Hannover, Schoenebecker Allee 2, 30823 Garbsen, Germany

Abstract

Since most of today’s industrial products are characterized by high complexity, sophisticated manufacturing processes and numerous customer-specific variants, modern manufacturing is in need of flexible and adaptive concepts for intelligent production. Next-generation manufacturing systems will have to take advantage of innovative information technologies in order to fulfil these demands. Furthermore, companies tend to concentrate ...

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