Chapter . Simulation of manufacturing processes using multi-agent technology

Jiří Vokřínek, Dušan Pavlíček, and Radek Šmerák

Gerstner Laboratory, Department of Cybernetics, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technická 2, CZ 166 27 Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract

Testing on real equipment is very expensive. Simulation of manufacturing processes helps find out best possible configuration of the production process even if the real equipment doesn’t exist. Extension or reconfiguration of the existing processes can be tested and evaluated before investment takes place. Validation of the plans in the simulated environment can also bring significant benefits. Proposed simulation system makes use of advantages of the agent technologies such as high flexibility ...

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