ExtraPlanT as a Multi-Agent System for Extra-Enterprise Collaboration

ExtraPlanT as a Multi-Agent System for Extra-Enterprise Collaboration

Jiri Vokrínek, Jiri Hodík, Michal Pechoucek, Petr Becvár, Jiri Pospíšil
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch078
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The ExtraPlanT system addresses the concept of the extra-enterprise production planning in order to manage efficient resource allocation not only within the enterprise, but also at the company external environments (e.g., suppliers, co-operators involved in the supply chain, or virtual organization environments).

Key Terms in this Chapter

Public Knowledge: Information available to everyone in the system (e.g., enterprise name, address, and scope of interest).

Intra-Enterprise (IE) Agent: An agent operating in the intra-enterprise level of the system.

Enterprise-to-Enterprise (E2E) Agent: An agent that establishes extra-enterprise cooperation and collaboration by proactively connection of external E2E agents.

Semi-Private Knowledge: Information shared within the members of the cluster or alliance (e.g., availability of resources).

Agent: Autonomous software or hardware entity loosely coupled into a multi-agent system. Operation of an agent-based system is based on collaborative (or sometimes self-interested) interactions of agents.

Agentification: Process of integration of software and hardware equipment already existing in the enterprise into a multi-agent system.

Virtual Organization: A cluster composed by independent companies cooperating on the extra-enterprise level.

Tri-Base Acquaintance Model: A social knowledge model of the agent composed by three separate bases: cooperator base, state base, and task base. It has been originally developed for project-driven production planning.

Extra-Enterprise Level: The part of the system operating outside of boundaries of a company. In this level, the cooperation with the customers/suppliers, supply chain planning and optimization, and simulation is taken into account.

ExtraPlanT: Multi-agent system for extra-enterprise cooperation and collaboration by proactively communicating external agents based on ProPlanT technology.

e-Cat: Concept and research prototype of a catalogue for advertising and searching competencies and profiles within a cluster of cooperating partners. It is based on hybrid peer-to-peer architecture supported by two centralized units ensuring identity of partners and common understanding of competencies that are advertised within the community.

Extra-Enterprise (EE) Agent: An agent operating in the extra-enterprise level of the system.

ProPlanT: Multi-agent technology/methodology for decision-making support in the manufacturing domain. It supports production planning, scheduling, and simulation on the intra-enterprise and extra-enterprise level.

ExPlanTech: Multi-agent system for intra-enterprise production planning and simulation based on ProPlanT technology.

Intra-Enterprise Level: The part of the system operating inside a company. It should include planning and scheduling internal activities, simulation, and product/process flows of the company.

Private Knowledge: Information owned and administered by an individual itself. The private knowledge is not shared and can include collaboration preferences, restrictions, but also planning and scheduling algorithms and criteria.

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