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Logistics Research

, Volume 2, Issue 3–4, pp 147–158 | Cite as

Deadlock prevention in a completely decentralized controlled materials flow systems

  • Stephan Mayer
  • Kai Furmans
Original Paper

Abstract

In this paper, we develop policies to prevent deadlocks in a decentralized modular materials flow. The system consists of locally controlled conveyor units (modules) that can be plugged together in order to flexibly interconnect materials flows within a given production area. The controller of each module is a local agent that follows its own specific control rules. The behavior of the overall system is generated as the result of the interaction of the modules. The findings in this paper are based on the dissertation research by Dr. Stephan Mayer (Development of a completely decentralized control system for modular continuous conveyors. Dissertation, Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe, 2009), which provides a comprehensive description of the development of decentralized control policies for in-plant continuous materials flow systems.

Keywords

Alternative Route Input Module Output Module Neighbor Module Deadlock Prevention 
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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Conveyor Technology and Logistics (IFL)University of Karlsruhe (TH)KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Head of the Institute of Conveyor Technology and Logistics (IFL)University of Karlsruhe (TH)KarlsruheGermany

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