Optimize Resource Utilization at Multi-site Facilities with Agent Technology

  • M. K. Lim
  • H. K. Chan
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 398)


Many enterprises expanded their manufacturing environment from localised, single-site facility to more globalised, multi-site facilities. This paper proposes a multi-agent system, using its characteristics of autonomy and intelligence, to integrate process planning and production scheduling across different facilities, so as to secure the most efficient and cost-effective plan and schedule to meet the demand. A currency-based agent iterative bidding mechanism is developed to facilitate the coordination of agents. A genetic algorithm is employed to tune the currency values for agent bidding. In this paper, a case study is used for simulation in order to demonstrate the effectiveness and performance of the proposed agent system.


Multi-agent system multi-site manufacturing genetic algorithm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Lim
    • 1
  • H. K. Chan
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Supply Chain ImprovementUniversity of DerbyDerbyUK
  2. 2.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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