Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 111–131 | Cite as

Development and Applications of Holonic Manufacturing Systems: A Survey

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This paper surveys the literature in the holonic manufacturing systems area in an attempt to bring together the key issues in the development and applications of holonic systems. A brief introduction presents the characteristics of today’s manufacturing environment and the requirements for next generation manufacturing systems. Then, starting with considerations about the origins of the holonic concept and its first applications in manufacturing, the paper presents the advances made in applying the holonic concept to manufacturing systems area. Several considerations for the development of holonic manufacturing systems and specific holonic system requirements are discussed. As holonic concept is considered a solution for next generation manufacturing systems, there is a significant number of applications and implementations of the holonic concept in manufacturing systems domain. The most important and relevant approaches developed so far are presented. Finally, a short conclusion and future research directions in the area are provided

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Manufacturing control architectures holonic manufacturing systems autonomy and cooperation holonic system development holonic system implementation 

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  1. 1.Center for High Performance Manufacturing, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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