Y. Berbers, E. Steegmans, and T. Holvoet (Belgium)
Distributed systems, agents, shop
floor, Java and Jini
New approaches for the development of shop floor
control systems are needed to make manufacturing more
flexible and capable to adapt to changing situations.
Agent-based solutions have been put forward as
promising solutions. We have developed two prototypes
of agent-based shop floor control systems on top of Jini.
One prototype is product-driven and the second is
resource-driven. In this paper these two implementations
are described and evaluated. The use of Jini as platform
for such implementations is discussed.