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Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing
Volume 2014, Article ID 124872, 8 pages
Research Article

Merging Agents and Cloud Services in Industrial Applications

1Control Architecture and Technology, Rockwell Automation, Cleveland, OH, USA
2Customer Support and Maintenance, Rockwell Automation, Cleveland, OH, USA
3Washkewicz College of Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA
4Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Received 4 December 2013; Accepted 10 July 2014; Published 19 August 2014

Academic Editor: Yongqing Yang

Copyright © 2014 Francisco P. Maturana et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel idea to combine agent technology and cloud computing for monitoring a plant floor system is presented. Cloud infrastructure has been leveraged as the main mechanism for hosting the data and processing needs of a modern industrial information system. The cloud offers unlimited storage and data processing in a near real-time fashion. This paper presents a software-as-a-service (SaaS) architecture for augmenting industrial plant-floor reporting capabilities. This reporting capability has been architected using networked agents, worker roles, and scripts for building a scalable data pipeline and analytics system.