The European Project ,,Holonic Manufacturing Systems" (HMS) evolved from the IMS Test Case "Holonic Control Systems" which has been successfully concluded in 1995. The European project participates in the international project ,,Holonic Manufacturing Systems", started in February 1996 with the intention to develop a new technology for industrial controls in manufacturing. The objectives of the European project are to prepare a pathway for European industry to the upcoming HMS Technology: Technical objectives - Evaluation of the feasibility for HMS in industrial key applications, - Quantification of the benefits and advantages of HMS compared to actual manufacturing systems, - Gaining implementation knowledge for the application of HMS. Strategic objectives - Ensuring access to the knowledge and the intellectual property rights of HMS, - Influencing standardization processes for industrial control equipment, - Building up international alliances for development and marketing of HMS. Scientific objectives - Development of a structure of theories for multi-agent systems for manufacturing control, - Evaluation of methods to develop dynamic hierarchies in multi-agent systems, - Research on models for the examination of the behaviour of Holonic Systems. The approach to achieve this goals is to implement multi agent systems theories in a number of industrial trial applications with end users in strategic industrial fields. Furthermore the results from the international project will be used on European level. The work plan comprises prototypes for machine tools, surface treatment and manufacturing lines for PCBs and car engines. Through the co-operation with international partners on application level, a balanced exchange of contributions on international level is achieved. The European Consortium involves six companies from five European member states; respectively two in the categories IT vendors, manufacturing equipment producers and large end users. Two SMEs with experience in European as well as in international projects are involved. The consortium is completed by four industrial research organizations and three universities.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
ST5 5BG Keele - Staffordshire