Proceedings of 13th IFAC symposium on information control problems in manufacturing pages:2083-2088
IFAC symposium on information control problems in manufacturing edition:13 location:Moscow date:3-5 June 2009
A supply network comprises a set of production entities. Each production entity is both specific and autonomous. Yet the production entities are collectively responsible for procurement, manufacturing and distribution activities associated with one or more families of related products.
Controlling the supply network requires integration rather than governance of the different production entities. To this aim, the intelligent product concept is introduced. Intelligent products, composed of an intelligent agent and an intelligent being, focuses on the suitability for integration.
Intelligent products are robust towards disturbances or in general unreliabilities. However, intelligent products don`t provide explicit support for dealing with unreliabilities. Taking decisions in an unreliable environment requires a trust relationship between the different entities. This paper elaborates trust and proposes an architecture where decisions are based on trust. Essential are expectations about the environment and the confidence in the correctness of the expectation.