Chapter . Agent-based multiple supplier tool management system
Department of Materials and Production Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio, Naples, 80125, Italy
A multi-agent tool management system (MATMS) was developed in the framework of a negotiation-based multiple-supplier system for automatic tool management and procurement. The MATMS operation is illustrated for the real industrial case of a turbine blade producer (customer) requiring dressing jobs on worn out CBN grinding wheels from different tool manufacturers (suppliers) in a supply network. The MATMS was implemented by making use of agent development tools integrated in the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) Agent Management Reference ...