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Towards a seamless integration between process modeling descriptions at Business and Production levels - work in progress

Gerber, Tobias; Theorin, Alfred LU and Johnsson, Charlotta LU (2014) In Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing 25(5). p.1089-1099
Abstract
To fulfill increasing requirements in the manufacturing sector, companies are faced to several challenges. Three major challenges have been identified regarding time-to-market, vertical feedback loops and level of automation. Grafchart, a graphical language aimed for supervisory control applications, can be used from the process-planning phase, through the implementation phase and all the way to the phase for execution of the process control logics, on the lower levels of the automation triangle. This work in progress is examining if the same concepts could be used on the higher levels of the automation triangle as well. By splitting the execution engine and the visualization engine of Grafchart various different visualization tools could... (More)
To fulfill increasing requirements in the manufacturing sector, companies are faced to several challenges. Three major challenges have been identified regarding time-to-market, vertical feedback loops and level of automation. Grafchart, a graphical language aimed for supervisory control applications, can be used from the process-planning phase, through the implementation phase and all the way to the phase for execution of the process control logics, on the lower levels of the automation triangle. This work in progress is examining if the same concepts could be used on the higher levels of the automation triangle as well. By splitting the execution engine and the visualization engine of Grafchart various different visualization tools could potentially be used, however connected by the shared Grafchart semantics. Traditional Business languages (e.g. BPMN) could therefore continue to be used for the process-planning phase whereas traditional production languages (e.g. Grafchart or other SFC-like languages) could be used for the execution. Since they are connected through the semantics, advantages regarding the three identified challenges could be achieved; time-to-market could be reduced, the time delays in the vertical feedback loops could be reduced by allowing Key Performance Indicator visualization, and the level of automation could be increased. (Less)
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Enterprise-wide Information System, Manufacturing System Engineering, Business Process Modeling
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Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing
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25
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1089 - 1099
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Springer
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10.1007/s10845-013-0754-x
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  author       = {Gerber, Tobias and Theorin, Alfred and Johnsson, Charlotta},
  issn         = {0956-5515},
  keyword      = {Enterprise-wide Information System,Manufacturing System Engineering,Business Process Modeling},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1089--1099},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing},
  title        = {Towards a seamless integration between process modeling descriptions at Business and Production levels - work in progress},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10845-013-0754-x},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2014},
}