The Implementation of Computer Platform for Foundries Cooperating in a Supply Chain

Journal title

Archives of Foundry Engineering




No 3

Publication authors


Application of information technology to the foundry industry ; Innovative foundry technologies and materials ; Multi-agenttechnology ; Production support ; Order management

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Techniczne


Archives of Foundry Engineering continues the publishing activity started by Foundry Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Katowice in 1978. The initiator of it was the first Chairman Professor Dr Eng. Wacław Sakwa – Corresponding Member of PAN, Honorary Doctor of Czestochowa University of Technology and Silesian University of Technology. This periodical first name was „Solidification of Metals and Alloys” , and made possible to publish the results of works achieved in the field of the Basic Problems Research Cooperation. The subject of publications was related to the title of the periodical and concerned widely understand problems of metals and alloys crystallization in a casting mold. In 1978-2000 the 44 issues have been published. Since 2001 the Foundry Commission has had patronage of the annually published “Archives of Foundry” and since 2007 quarterly published “Archives of Foundry Engineering”. Thematic scope includes scientific issues of foundry industry:

  • Theoretical Aspects of Casting Processes,
  • Innovative Foundry Technologies and Materials,
  • Foundry Processes Computer Aiding,
  • Mechanization, Automation and Robotics in Foundry,
  • Transport Systems in Foundry,
  • Castings Quality Management,
  • Environmental Protection.


This article presents a practical solution in the form of implementation of agent-based platform for the management of contracts in

a network of foundries. The described implementation is a continuation of earlier scientific work in the field of design and theoretical

system specification for cooperating companies [1]. The implementation addresses key design assumptions - the system is implemented

using multi-agent technology, which offers the possibility of decentralisation and distributed processing of specified contracts and tenders.

The implemented system enables the joint management of orders for a network of small and medium-sized metallurgical plants, while

providing them with greater competitiveness and the ability to carry out large procurements. The article presents the functional aspects of

the system - the user interface and the principle of operation of individual agents that represent businesses seeking potential suppliers or

recipients of services and products. Additionally, the system is equipped with a bi-directional agent translating standards based on

ontologies, which aims to automate the decision-making process during tender specifications as a response to the request.


The Katowice Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences




Artykuły / Articles


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