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Toward Manufacturing System Composability Analysis: A Use Case Scenario



Boonserm Kulvatunyou, Evan K. Wallace, Nenad Ivezic, Yunsu Lee


One of the characteristics of a smart manufacturing system is the ability to quickly adapt to new and changing requirements. This implies that software and hardware components of the manufacturing system need to be easily composed and recomposed. In addition, provision of software applications and components is trending toward distributed, heterogeneous, and cloud-based. Platforms or marketplaces are available where virtually everybody can provision a component. However, engineers who need to compose a software system will have difficulty finding and using software components with the right capability and compatibility without a standard to describe these software components. This paper proposes development of a reference function ontology to provide a common way to describe software component functionality. Such an ontology would lead towards the needed standard to describe the software components. The objective of this paper is to discuss high-level requirements for a reference function ontology and provide an initial use case to illustrate how such a function ontology may enable composability analysis.
Proceedings Title
APMS 2014 International Conference, Advances in Production Management Systems - Innovative and knowledge-based production management in a global-local world
Conference Dates
September 20-24, 2014
Conference Location
Ajaccio, -1


computer integrated manufacturing, systems integration, service-oriented manufacturing systems, industrial automation, smart manufacturing, function ontology
Created September 20, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018