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Service Oriented Integration of Distributed Heterogeneous IT Systems in Production Engineering Using Information Standards and Linked Data
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8574-1446
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0889-5190
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0335-8772
2017 (English)In: Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, ISSN 1687-5591, E-ISSN 1687-5605, 9814179Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While design of production systems based on digital models brings benefits, the communication of models comes with challenges since models typically reside in a heterogeneous IT environment using different syntax and semantics. Coping with heterogeneity requires a smart integration strategy. One main paradigm to integrate data and IT systems is to deploy information standards. In particular, ISO 10303 STEP has been endorsed as a suitable standard to exchange a wide variety of product manufacturing data. One the other hand, service-oriented tool integration solutions are progressively adopted for the integration of data and IT-tools, especially with the emergence of Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration whose focus is on the linking of data from heterogeneous software tools. In practice, there should be a combination of these approaches to facilitate the integration process. Hence, the aim of this paper is to investigate the applications of the approaches and the principles behind them and try to find criteria for where to use which approach. In addition, we explore the synergy between them and consequently suggest an approach based on combination of them. In addition, a systematic approach is suggested to identify required level of integrations and their corresponding approaches exemplified in a typical IT system architecture in Production Engineering.

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2017. 9814179
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-205761DOI: 10.1155/2017/9814179ISI: 000397905700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85017128670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-205761DiVA: diva2:1090548
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QC 20170424

Available from: 2017-04-24 Created: 2017-04-24 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Standardized architectures for information integration and life cycle management in the domain of production engineering
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While design and management of production systems based on digital models brings benefits, the communication of models comes with challenges since models typically reside in a distributed heterogeneous IT environment using different syntax and semantics. Coping with heterogeneity requires an appropriate integration strategy and methodology. One main paradigm to integrate information and consequently IT-systems is to deploy standardized information models. In particular, ISO 10303 STEP has been endorsed as a suitable standard to exchange a wide variety of product manufacturing data. The representation and integration of product, process and production resources information using different STEP application protocols are well covered and extensively investigated by many researchers. However, the information representation and integration of logical relations of material flow such as product routing, and its integration with factory layout information has been less subject of research focuses. Hence, this thesis first contributes to identifying, describing and clarifying information requirements for an integrated representation of material flow logic and plant layout using the STEP standard.

One the other hand, service-oriented IT-tool integration solutions are increasingly deployed for the data and tool interoperability, especially with the evolution of Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) whose focus is on the linking of data from heterogeneous software tools. OSLC focuses on the integration of the most common concepts across domains. Assuming a loosely coupled distributed architecture of IT-tools and services, OSLC adopts the Linked Data (LD) approach to ensure data consistency across the data sources. Thus the thesis studies the use of OSLC for tool integration and has found that it cannot be practiced independently for all types of integration in the production engineering domain. Therefore, in practice, there should be a combination of the standardized information and linked data approaches to facilitate the integration process. Thus, this thesis investigates the integration applicability of linked data and OSLC, the principles behind them, and criteria to identify where to use which approach. In addition, the thesis explores the synergy between the standardized information and linked data approaches and consequently suggests an approach based on a combination of these.

Further, different computer applications in industrial cases were implemented to verify the suggested approaches. Finally the thesis is concluded with a discussion and suggestions for future work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 186 p.
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TRITA-IIP, ISSN 1650-1888
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Production Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206381 (URN)978-91-7729-371-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-05-19, sal M311, Brinellvägen 68, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20170503

Available from: 2017-05-03 Created: 2017-05-02 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved

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