Agent-Based Emulation of an Electric Overhead Monorail System Pilot Plant

Testing and Virtual Extension of an Existing Test Facility
  • Willibald A. Günthner
  • Peter Tenerowicz-Wirth
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 282)


Addressing the increasing need for flexibility in the in-house material flow concepts of decentralizing and modularizing material flow systems have become a popular research topic during the last decade. In this paper an agent-based approach for a distributed material flow control is described. The concept was validated on basis of an electric overhead monorail system pilot plant at the Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics (fml) at the Technische Universität München (TUM). An overview of the various modules and the control architecture of the pilot plant is given. The agent-based concept also offers new options for the simulation and emulation of material flow systems. These options are introduced in this article. Finally, an outlook is given on how the presented concept could support the collaboration between logistics labs.


Multi-Agent System Pilot Plant Simulation Emulation Internet of Things Distributed Material Flow Control Intralogistics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willibald A. Günthner
    • 1
  • Peter Tenerowicz-Wirth
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Fördertechnik Materialfluss LogistikTechnische Universität MünchenGarching b. MünchenGermany

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