Experience with Holonic and Agent-Based Control Systems and Their Adoption by Industry
Currently industrial automation systems are built using a hierarchical top-down approach, yielding tightly coupled and low flexibility systems. Holonic and intelligent agent-based industrial control systems have the potential to be much more highly robust and flexible systems with very loose coupling between subsystems. Despite this potential these systems are slow to be adopted by industry. This paper explores Rockwell Automation’s current agent philosophy, application experience, the obstacles to widespread adoption of agent technology in industrial automation systems, and its recent activities to overcome some of the obstacles.
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