Using Mobile Agent Technology to Develop a Collaborative Product Life-Cycle Oriented Architecture
Today product development activities are becoming more and more agile, adaptable, and cost-effective. Multi-agent-based system technology has found wide applications in managing company's information. This paper applies Multi-mobile-agent technology in developing a collaborative architecture for product lifecycle. By adopting the Aglets mobile agent platform, a generic platform has been developed for managing legacy product data and information across the product lifecycle. Different lifecycle stage product data and information and their interaction and administration are encapsulated, represented and operated with different agents. The system aims to integrate mobile agents into different locations so as to fully utilize the product lifecycle information, and make the product lifecycle decision satisfying the global target of the company.