A multi agent robotic system for simulation and control of a manufacturing process
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In this work the multi-agent technology is exploited in order to develop a Multi-Agent Robotic System with the aim to simulate and control a production chain and lays the bases for the introduction of the agent technology into a manufacturing industrial process. In particular, a simplified washing-machine production system has been studied and agentified. More in detail, automatic production, negotiation, supplying of pieces and management of the production have been considered. The overall simplified system has been implemented by means of the JADE (Java Agent Development Environment) platform, compliant with the FIPA (Foundation for intelligent Physical Agents) specifications, and extensively tested in order to prove the robustness and effectiveness of the approach. The developed simplified system has been conceived in order tobe easily expansible, thanks to its modularity and structure, and ready to be upgraded.