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An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems

An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems
An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems
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.
2707-2712
IEEE
Frei, Regina
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Ferreira, Bruno
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Di Marzo Serugendo, Giovanna
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Barata, Jose
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Frei, Regina
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Ferreira, Bruno
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Di Marzo Serugendo, Giovanna
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Barata, Jose
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Frei, Regina, Ferreira, Bruno, Di Marzo Serugendo, Giovanna and Barata, Jose (2009) An architecture for self-managing evolvable assembly systems. In 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2009). IEEE. pp. 2707-2712 . (doi:10.1109/ICSMC.2009.5346137).

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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.

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Published date: 2009

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Local EPrints ID: 433098
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433098
PURE UUID: fa0ee701-2299-4ccc-9af3-220cee7a8dea
ORCID for Regina Frei: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0953-6413

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Date deposited: 08 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:21

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Author: Regina Frei ORCID iD
Author: Bruno Ferreira
Author: Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
Author: Jose Barata

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