International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems

Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 174 - 185

The impact of cooperation and competition on the performance of flexible decentralized manufacturing networks

Authors
Hu-Song Ding, Ping He, Fu-Xiang Wu, Yan-Hong Sun
Corresponding Author
Hu-Song Ding
Received 27 August 2012, Accepted 24 September 2012, Available Online 2 January 2013.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/18756891.2013.761777How to use a DOI?
Keywords
flexibility, decentralized manufacturing system, multi-agent simulation, contract net protocol, cooperative subcontracting mechanism
Abstract

Due to the mismatch between the order of costumers and the production capacity resulting from demand uncertainty, product shortages or wastes of production capacity occur. In response, the subcontracting of production among the plants occurs to diminish the influence of this mismatch on expected profits. Using a small-and medium-sized firm industrial district, the decentralized decision-making process for flexibility investment is studied using the cooperative subcontracting mechanism based on a contract net protocol and is compared with centralized decision making on the flexibility investment problem. Through simulation, it is concluded that although flexibility can increase the opportunities to obtain additional orders, the distributed decision-making mechanism increases the competition among plants during the bidding process. Plants should tradeoff these two aspects to make decisions about investments in flexibility.

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Journal
International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems
Volume-Issue
6 - 1
Pages
174 - 185
Publication Date
2013/01/02
ISSN (Online)
1875-6883
ISSN (Print)
1875-6891
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/18756891.2013.761777How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2017, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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