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An Agent-Based System for Automated Configuration and Coordination of Robotic Operations in Real Time—A Case Study on a Car Floor Welding Process

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Greece
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J. Manuf. Mater. Process. 2020, 4(3), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmmp4030095
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 31 August 2020 / Accepted: 15 September 2020 / Published: 18 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyber Physical Production Systems)
This paper investigates the feasibility of using an agent-based framework to configure, control and coordinate dynamic, real-time robotic operations with the use of ontology manufacturing principles. Production automation agents use ontology models that represent the knowledge in a manufacturing environment for control and configuration purposes. The ontological representation of the production environment is discussed. Using this framework, the manufacturing resources are capable of autonomously embedding themselves into the existing manufacturing enterprise with minimal human intervention, while, at the same time, the coordination of manufacturing operations is achieved without extensive human involvement. The specific framework was implemented, tested and validated in a feasibility study upon a laboratory robotic assembly cell with typical industrial components, using real data derived from a car-floor welding process. View Full-Text
Keywords: autonomous manufacturing systems; agent-based systems; ontology autonomous manufacturing systems; agent-based systems; ontology
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Makris, S.; Alexopoulos, K.; Michalos, G.; Sardelis, A. An Agent-Based System for Automated Configuration and Coordination of Robotic Operations in Real Time—A Case Study on a Car Floor Welding Process. J. Manuf. Mater. Process. 2020, 4, 95.

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