Custom software development and maintenance is one of the key expenses associated with developing automated systems for mass customization. This paper presents a method for reducing the risk associated with this expense by developing a flexible environment for determining and executing dynamic workflow paths. Strategies for developing an autonomous agent-based framework and for identifying and creating web services for specific process tasks are presented. The proposed methods are outlined in two different case studies to illustrate the approach for both a generic process with complex workflow paths and a more specific sequential engineering process.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Karpowitz, Daniel J., "A Dynamic Workflow Framework for Mass Customization Using Web Service and Autonomous Agent Technologies" (2006). All Theses and Dissertations. 1076.
web services, semantic web, ontology, multi-agent systems, autonomous agents, mass customization, product development, CAD, CAx, product design generator, PDG, workflow execution, process improvement