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Transport with conveyors in the factory of the future

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4 Author(s)
F. L. Almeida ; Informatics Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias S/N, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal ; B. M. Terra ; P. A. Dias ; G. M. Gonçalves

The project XPRESS introduces a completely new scalable concept of an expertonic networked factory, which is composed by a co-ordinated team of specialized autonomous objects (expertons), each knowing how to do a certain process optimally. This paper looks in particular to the transport experton implementation, which is an experton responsible to carry material at the shop-floor. It is suggested an architecture based in a multi-agent approach that uses a conveyor belt transport experton to perform this task. Additionally, it is presented an implementation of the conveyor belt transport experton that uses the .NET framework integrated with the expertonic framework.

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Automation Quality and Testing Robotics (AQTR), 2010 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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28-30 May 2010