Multi-agent systems in production planning and control: An application to the scheduling of mixed-model assembly lines
Published on Oct 1, 2000in International Journal of Production Economics5.00
· DOI :10.1016/S0925-5273(99)00097-3
Abstract This work deals with production smoothing, one of the keys of success of Just In Time and Lean Production. By levelling the load of the workstations, production smoothing allows a regular material flow, shorter manufacturing lead times, and lower work in process. Different solutions to the mixed-model assembly lines sequencing problem have been proposed in literature. In this paper, a Multi-Agent System is presented, which solves this problem according to the theory of autonomous agents. The experimental results show that this innovative approach has a good performance if compared with the traditional ones.