A Holonic Approach to Warehouse Control

  • Hristina Moneva
  • Jurjen Caarls
  • Jacques Verriet
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 55)


Warehouses play a critical role in the distribution of products of many suppliers to many customers. Traditionally, warehouse operations are controlled by centralised control systems. Because of increasing customer demands, the complexity of such systems becomes too large to respond optimally to all warehouse events. Holonic control systems try to overcome this limitation. This paper presents a framework that supports the development of holonic warehouse control systems. The framework, which is built on top of JADE middleware, allows a holonic control system to be generated from a warehouse layout model and a library of reusable behaviour components. The architecture of the framework and an example of its application to an existing warehouse are presented.


warehouse control systems holonic control agent technology JADE automated system generation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hristina Moneva
    • 1
  • Jurjen Caarls
    • 2
  • Jacques Verriet
    • 1
  1. 1.Embedded Systems InstituteEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dynamics and Control Group, Department of Mechanical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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