An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems

Regina Frei, Bruno Ferreira, Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Jose Barata

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    Abstract

    Agile manufacturing requires high responsiveness at all levels of a company, but is especially challenging on the shop-floor level. Evolvable Assembly Systems (EAS) are a solution: agentified modules can be seamlessly integrated into existing systems, or removed at any instant. EAS offer a more flexible solution to automation production, but many system design and integration tasks are still done manually. Our goal is to make EAS increasingly self-managing: 1) to easily and quickly produce a new or re-configured assembly system each time a new product order arrives or each time a failure or weakness arises in the current assembly system and 2) to maintain production also under degraded conditions. This article describes an architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems. It involves on-the-fly self-assembly of robotic modules, dynamic coordination of tasks and self-adaptation to production conditions, mainly self-healing and self-optimisation. The architecture exploits self-description of modules, monitored modules behaviour and dynamic policies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2009)
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of a meeting held 11-14 October 2009, San Antonio, Texas
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages2707-2712
    ISBN (Electronic)9781424427932
    ISBN (Print)9781424427932
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2009) - San Antonio, United States
    Duration: 11 Oct 200914 Oct 2009

    Conference

    Conference2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2009)
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Antonio
    Period11/10/0914/10/09

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