Developing mechanisms for the efficient exchange of information between simulations and other manufacturing tools is a critical problem today. For many areas of manufacturing, neither representations for the information nor mechanisms for exchanging the information have been agreed upon. One area that has this problem is manufacturing plant layout. The Core Manufacturing Simulation Data (CMSD) specification is being developed to address some of these issues, through the definition of neutral representations for some of the core manufacturing entities that need to be exchanged between simulations and other applications, through the creation of an United Modeling Language (UML) information model that defines the relationships between the core manufacturing entities, and through the definition of eXtensible Modeling Language (XML) Schemas based on the UML information model to facilitate the exchange of information that adheres to the model. In this paper, an effort to extend the CMSD specification to cover the definition and exchange of layout information is discussed.
Proceedings Title: 2008 Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Dates: December 7-10, 2008
Conference Location: Miami, FL
Pub Type: Conferences
Data exchange, information model, interoperability, layout, manufacturing simulation