Decentralised and Collaborative Production Management via Enterprise Modelling and Method Reusage


DECOR - 8486

Keywords decision-making systems, enterprise modelling, production management, autonomous cells


Start Date: To be announced / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives

The objective of DECOR is to create an integrated toolbox for the development of multilevel, distributed, hierarchical and autonomous decision-making systems in the domain of production management. The concept is being proved by developing two prototype applications for distributed, multilevel production management. DECOR will integrate previous results (including those developed within the ESPRIT programme) and apply these within a problem-solving framework, so allowing their distributed coordination across multiple software and hardware platforms.

The coordination framework itself will provide a solution on both the computational (ie processing) behavioural (ie problem-solving) levels of distributed management.

The software environment for the construction of DECOR-like distributed management systems will be a layered and modular collection of object-oriented tools. These tools should support the implementation of three classes of management knowledge:

Compared with many previous approaches, DECOR's assertion is that coordination in a distributed manufacturing environment should be based on the vertical and horizontal interaction of relatively independent (i.e. loosely coupled) and opportunistically behaving decision-making sub-systems.


CONTACT POINT

Prof. Luis Tadeu Almeida
FORDESI
Av. Almirante Reis 219-3º Dtº
P-1000 Lisboa
tel: + 351 / 1 848 99 78
fax: + 351 / 1 848 99 95

Participants

FORDESI - P - C
SIEMENS NIXDORF - D - P
SAINT-GOBAIN - F - P
VISOLUTIONS - SF - P
LISNAVE - P - A
PRODUTEC - D - A
BIBA - D - A


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DECOR - 8486, December 1993


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