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Reconfigurable Knowledge-based Control Solutions for Responsive Manufacturing Systems

Alessandro BRUSAFERI

Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, National Research Council, via Bassini 15, Milan 20133, Italy

Andrea BALLARINO

Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, National Research Council, via Bassini 15, Milan 20133, Italy

Emanuele CARPANZANO
Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, National Research Council, via Bassini 15, Milan 20133, Italy

Abstract: Nowadays, a new generation of responsive factories is needed to face continuous changes in product demand and variety, and to manage complex and variant production processes. To such an aim, innovative self-adaptive automation solutions are required, capable to adapt their control strategies in real-time to cope with planned as well as unforeseen product and process variations. In such a context, the present paper describes an automation solution based on a modular distributed approach for agile factories integration and reconfiguration, integrating a knowledge based cooperation policy providing self-adaptation to endogenous as well as exogenous events. The proposed approach is discussed through its application to a plant for customized shoes manufacturing.

Keywords: Distributed Control, Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems, IEC 61499, Multi-agent, Semantic Web.

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Alessandro BRUSAFERRI, Andrea BALLARINO, Emanuele CARPANZANO, Reconfigurable Knowledge-based Control Solutions for Responsive Manufacturing Systems, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 20 (1), pp. 31-42, 2011.