Simulator for Reuse of Mechanical Parts with Network Agents
Hiroyuki Hiraoka and Atsushi Tanaka
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University
1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan
We propose promoting parts reuse using a part agent consisting of a network agent and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to manage parts life cycles, which leads to sustainable production. The part agent advises users on parts reuse and promoting reused parts circulation. We developed a simulator to simulate individual parts behavior in their life cycles. In simulation, a part agent makes decisions based on predicted part behavior and user preference in maintenance handling. A part simulation model represents the behavior of individual parts.
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