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@article{(International Science Index):http://waset.org/publications/2311,
  title    = {An Agent-Based Scheduling Framework for Flexible Manufacturing Systems},
  author    = {Iman Badr},
  country   = {},
  abstract  = {The concept of flexible manufacturing is highly
appealing in gaining a competitive edge in the market by quickly
adapting to the changing customer needs. Scheduling jobs on flexible
manufacturing systems (FMSs) is a challenging task of managing the
available flexibility on the shop floor to react to the dynamics of the
environment in real-time. In this paper, an agent-oriented scheduling
framework that can be integrated with a real or a simulated FMS is
proposed. This framework works in stochastic environments with a
dynamic model of job arrival. It supports a hierarchical cooperative
scheduling that builds on the available flexibility of the shop floor.
Testing the framework on a model of a real FMS showed the
capability of the proposed approach to overcome the drawbacks of
the conventional approaches and maintain a near optimal solution
despite the dynamics of the operational environment.},
    journal   = {International Journal of Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial, Mechatronic and Manufacturing Engineering},  volume    = {2},
  number    = {4},
  year      = {2008},
  pages     = {488 - 494},
  ee        = {http://waset.org/publications/2311},
  url       = {http://waset.org/Publications?p=16},
  bibsource = {http://waset.org/Publications},
  issn      = {eISSN:1307-6892},
  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
  index     = {International Science Index 16, 2008},