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Title: Implementation of resource-negotiating agents in telemanufacturing
Authors: Van Zyl, TL
Ehlers, EM
Marais, E
Keywords: Telemanufacturing
Resource negotiating agents
Secure resource negotiations
Layered manufacturing
Rapid prototyping
Mobile agents
Product development
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Inderscience
Citation: Van Zyl, TL, Ehlers, EM and Marais, E. 2010. Implementation of resource-negotiating agents in telemanufacturing. International Journal of Product Development, Vol. 11(1/2), pp 115-135
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;5444
Abstract: The paper reports on the original concept of introducing Resource-Negotiating (RN) agents into telemanufacturing. Human users submit a design file that they want manufactured. The machine that will be selected to manufacture the design file has to fall within the user’s constraints. An agent visits several processing facilities called Distributed Manufacturing Resources (DMRs) and negotiates with an agent at each location for the most suitable machine. The agents use a plan to find resources and use negotiation skills to acquire the most suitable manufacturing resource. The entire process is done in a secure environment as the design files could contain valuable information such as early prototypes of products. Experience gained from the negotiations should be stored to allow future agents to benefit from previous negotiations. The components that are needed to implement the above and the results of the implementation are discussed in this paper.
Description: Copyright: 2010 Inderscience. This is the post print version of the work. The definitive version is published in the International Journal of Product Development, Vol. 11(1/2), pp 115-135
URI: http://www.inderscience.com/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=32992&prevQuery=&ps=10&m=or
ISSN: 1477-9056
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