Experiments toward a practical implementation of an intelligent kanban system

Zhang, James Z. M., Brusey, James and Johnston, Robert B. 2005, Experiments toward a practical implementation of an intelligent kanban system, in HoloMAS 2005 : Holonic and multi-agent systems for manufacturing : second International Conference on Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems, HoloMAS 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 22-24, 2005 ; proceedings, Springer Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 257-268.

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Title Experiments toward a practical implementation of an intelligent kanban system
Author(s) Zhang, James Z. M.
Brusey, James
Johnston, Robert B.
Conference name International Conference on Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems (2nd : 2005 : Copenhagen, Denmark)
Conference location Heidelberg, Germany
Conference dates 22-24 August 2005
Title of proceedings HoloMAS 2005 : Holonic and multi-agent systems for manufacturing : second International Conference on Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems, HoloMAS 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 22-24, 2005 ; proceedings
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2005
Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science. v.3593/2005
Conference series International Conference on Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems
Start page 257
End page 268
Publisher Springer Berlin
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Summary This paper presents laboratory experiments to test a bottom up approach to production control and supply chain management. Built upon the successful traditional kanban (Card) system, the new intelligent system associates a kanban agent to each physical kanban. Instead of relying on demand forecast and planning, kanban agents reason about their own movements to adapt to changing demands. After previous simulations results of the intelligent system showed significant performance improvements over the traditional system, we further use the Auto-ID Laboratory at Cambridge University to test the feasibility of the idea in a realistic manufacturing environment. The results from the experiments demonstrated the superiority on several performance measures of the intelligent system compared to the traditional system used as a benchmark. Moreover, the implementation of the experiments exposed several real world constraints not shown in the simulation study and practical solutions were adopted to address these.
ISBN 9783540282372
ISSN 1611-3349
0302-9743
Language eng
Field of Research 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026559

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