First this paper introduces the concepts of virtual manufacturing system (VMS). The host enterprise and the multiple numbers of supply and distribution enterprises that make up a VMS, and the hierarchical and horizontal relationship that exists between these enterprises are explained. The steps involved in formation and operation of a VMS are then analyzed in detail. Second, we present a three view based methodological approach to make a multi‐agent model of VMS. Finally, with the help of a testing prototype, we show how to develop an autonomous Internet based data collection system for operation of VMS in accordance with the proposed methodological approach.
Davidrajuh, R. and Deng, Z. (2000), "An autonomous data collection system for virtual manufacturing systems", International Journal of Agile Management Systems, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 7-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/14654650010312543
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