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Research field Engineering Information Systems
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Start date 2009/09/01
End date 2010/09/30
Status completed

Conceptual Design of a Metamodel for Industry Automation

The control of production plants keeps research busy for decades. Due to a large variety in production processes, machine types, factory layouts, and many independent component suppliers, a large number of device controls, communication systems, production control software, engineering and visualization software, production planning systems and further control systems in hard- and software have been developed at the market. The resulting heterogeneity hinders interoperability and thus flexibility in component selection. For operating a production plant a necessary prerequisite is that all components are interconnected using interfaces and protocols such that an integrated automation architecture is formed.

The most important means to address the complexity of such an automation architecture are models. They formally describe both control components and production processes, and thereby support planning, control and regulation of production processes. The diversity of the component suppliers and of the involved communities implies heterogeneity in the models and used modeling languages: they are proprietary, domain specific, and often incompatible. This applies also to production plants that combine both discrete and continuous manufacturing processes.

The major goal of this project is to define the requirements for a common and comprehensive metamodel for industry automation addressing both discrete manufacturing as well as process engineering. This task encompasses the definition of a common terminology and the basic structure of the metamodel.


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Henning Mersch, Daniel Behnen, Dominik Schmitz, Ulrich Epple, C. Brecher, Matthias Jarke

Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede der Prozess- und Fertigungstechnik. Interdisziplinäre Aspekte der Produktionsmodellierung

at - Automatisierungstechnik 59/1, pp. 7-17, 2011

Daniel Behnen, Henning Mersch, Christoph Quix, Dominik Schmitz, M. Zhang, Kamil Fayzullin, C. Brecher, Ulrich Epple, Matthias Jarke

Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede in der Modellierung von prozesstechnischen und diskreten Produktionsanlagen

Entwurf komplexer Automatisierungssysteme (EKA 2010), 2010, Magdeburg, DE

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