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The main focus of this paper is the integration of software agent technologies for functionalreserve - one functional task of plant and process supervision – in an information-orientedcontext. The requirements for an information modeling of a production process are tackled tointegrate their complexity and their dynamic evolution. The information-oriented approachpresented in this paper focuses on process supervision and particularly functional reserve. For the implementation of the information models concerning this function, an agent-basedapproach is adopted. The most important characteristics of software agents (autonomy,intelligence, self acting, communication and mobility) are exploited and the different aspectsof realizing software agents in heterogeneous environments are taken into account - which aretypical for real production plants today. Furthermore, some requirements for such anenvironment are formulated and it is shown how the usage of the ACPLT infrastructure models - developments from the Chair of Process Control Engineering of Aachen, Germany, in the field of communication and object management technology - supports the implementation of software agents.
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