Inside Virtual CIM

Multi-agent Based Resource Integration for Small to Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises
  • Ning ZhouEmail author
  • Sev Naglingam
  • Ke Xing
  • Grier Lin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 70)


Worldwide cooperation among manufacturing companies is increasingly gaining importance to face emerging challenges in manufacturing. The traditional Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) systems cannot satisfy the needs of global market as they are deployed only within an enterprise. Therefore, a more flexible and comprehensive integrating methodology is required to overcome distance barriers, facility sharing problems and communication obstacles. These issues lead to the concept of Virtual CIM (VCIM). In this paper, the limitations of current agent based implementation of VCIM concept are analyzed. It also describes approaches to address those limitations and propose further development on Agent based Resource Scheduling Process in Small and Medium Enterprises in VCIM network.


Virtual CIM VCIM Small and medium manufacturing enterprises Multi-criteria selection Agent based systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AMEUniversity of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia
  2. 2.Lot 13Onkaparinga HillsAustralia
  3. 3.Lot 13Onkaparinga HillsAustralia
  4. 4.Lot 13Onkaparinga HillsAustralia

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