Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
InstantPlanner is a sales support system for the material handling industry, visualizing and calculating designs faster and more correctly than other tools on the market. AutoMod is a world leading simulation tool used in the material handling industry to optimize and calculate appropriate configuration designs. Both applications are favorable in their own area provide a great platform for integration with the properties of fast designing, correct product calculations, great simulation capabilities and the
visualization of moving systems. The purpose of the thesis is to find a method for the integration between these two applications and implement the chosen method as a plug-in to InstantPlanner.
Integration between applications can be done with numerous different methods. This thesis defines possible paths of integration, bringing forth API, parsing and third party applications as possible solutions. The benefits and disadvantages are discussed leading to a design proposal, containing an own compiler, which then is implemented for testing.
The thesis concludes that the integration of the applications is possible and successful with the chosen method. The implementation making time saving features available with possible cost reducing effects as results. A recommendation is placed to follow up and further develop the possible paths of integration, through market analysis and communications between Configura Sverige AB and Brooks Automation, Inc.
2005. , 46 p.