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.
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