Conference Papers

SOPRO - Advancements in the Self-organising Production

AuthorMoritz Chemnitz, Marcel Patzlaff, Erdene-Ochir Tuguldur, Jörg Krüger
Source15th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Techonologies and Factory Automation ETFA 2010 
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Rising demands to smaller lot sizes and more flexibility in production processes inspired the idea of self-organising production by the use of \"intelligent\" parts. This is achieved by self-sustaining wireless nodes -- Process-eGrains -- to transfer the production control and logic from a centralised approach to a distributed logic. This paper will show the requirements in an industrial environment from an application perspective to these nodes. The middleware design implemented on an agent-driven architecture is presented. Abstracting different hardware to provide a unified interface for storing and processing information independently and locally and negotiate among each other. The application is exemplified through a part driven assembly.