Composite Capabilities for Cloud Manufacturing
de Silva L
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We present a tool for extracting and abstracting the composite or ‘collective’ capabilities of a multi-agent system (MAS) given the individual capabilities of the agents in the MAS. We consider a set- ting where agents represent manufacturing or assembly resources such as CNC machines and robots, and the goal is to determine the composite capabilities of the manufacturing system as a whole, i.e., the products it can make. This di ers from previous work that studied whether and how a particular product can be manufactured by a given set of manufacturing resources [1–3]. Our question is "which products—or more generally, which manufacturing activities— can the agents jointly perform?" This is key to realising the Industry 4.0 vision of exible, adaptive and networked manufacturing sys- tems, in which decentralised production resources form “smart factories” that communicate and collaborate  and where manu- facturing capabilities are advertised as manufacturing services in a manufacturing cloud [6, 7].