A Conceptual Model for Holonic Manufacturing Execution
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The objective in this chapter is to firstly develop a conceptual model for holonic manufacturing execution and to then provide a mapping of that model onto two agent frameworks, namely JACK Teams and GORITE. A conceptual model is defined as a model that captures ideas in a problem domain (Wikipedia, 2007). In our case, the problem domain is holonic manufacturing execution and the key ideas are holon structure and holon behaviour. While our domain is holonic manufacturing execution, it is our belief that this is a special case of holonic execution and that holonic execution is a pervasive concept throughout an enterprise. This belief is not explored in this book – for supporting evidence, refer to (Jarvis, D. et al, in press) and (Connell et al, 2003). Consequently, the model does not employ a manufacturing ontology, but instead uses holonics terminology.
In this chapter, we present a conceptual model for holonic manufacturing execution rather than a reference model for holonic manufacturing execution. The reason for this is that our intent is that this model will ultimately form the basis for a reference model for holonic execution in general.
KeywordsConceptual Model Reference Model Task Execution Reference Architecture Task Team
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