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Method for distributed agent-based non-expert simulation of manufacturing process behavior

United States Patent

November 30, 2004
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A method for distributed agent based non-expert simulation of manufacturing process behavior on a single-processor computer comprises the steps of: object modeling a manufacturing technique having a plurality of processes; associating a distributed agent with each the process; and, programming each the agent to respond to discrete events corresponding to the manufacturing technique, wherein each discrete event triggers a programmed response. The method can further comprise the step of transmitting the discrete events to each agent in a message loop. In addition, the programming step comprises the step of conditioning each agent to respond to a discrete event selected from the group consisting of a clock tick message, a resources received message, and a request for output production message.
Ivezic; Nenad (Bethesda, MD), Potok; Thomas E. (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 399,540
September 20, 1999
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under contract DE-AC05-96OR22464, awarded by the United States Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation. The United States government has certain rights in this invention.