Object Management Group
Manufacturing Technology a
Industrial Systems Task Force

Manufacturing Technology &
Industrial Systems Task Force

Manufacturing Execution Systems / Machine Control (MES/MC)
(Retired: 10 July 2001, Danvers MA TC Meeting)

MES/MC Index

MES/MC Organization

The MES/MC working group is concerned with the definition of interfaces to enable flexible integration and interoperation of computerized systems which support manufacturing production (as contrasted with the focus of other ManTIS working groups on design, engineering and planning). We expect these interfaces to be applicable to a wide range of industries which perform discrete, batch and/or continuous processing. The work of this group has been divided into two tracks which roughly correspond to two product categories: Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Machine Control (MC) systems.

Work Group Chair

  Positions not occupied at time of dissolution.

This group was extremely productive under the leadership of Evan Wallace of NIST and Jeanette Breton of Shell Services, both of whom have moved on to other assignments. Their contributions are appreciated. The Working Group did not survive their departures.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

This group has defined an MES as a system which guides, initiates, responds to, and reports on plant activities as they occur from order launch to finished goods. This definition is an adaptation of the MESA International definition and includes both supporting functions like data collection, information management, and more direct production functions like job dispatching and reporting.

Machine Control (MC)

Machine Control systems (referred to as simply "controls" or control systems in some industries) by contrast, are concerned with direct control of manufacturing equipment and processes.

Current Work at Dissolution


The Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Systems Task Force began drafting a new RFP in Irvine for Configuration and Update of Industrial Systems Information. This is seen as a logical follow-on to the DAIS specification. An initial objective statement is:

This RFP solicits proposals for standard interfaces providing for interaction with the configuration and recorded data within industrial systems by other applications such as Utility Management Systems, Manufacturing Execution Systems, and Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Specifically, this RFP solicits proposals for the following functionality: for data types that are generated within and gathered from an industrial system.

Craig Woods of NIIIP made a presentation on the objectives of this RFP in Irvine. Currently this is still in its early stages and the ManTIS is actively recruiting other end-user, vendor, and domain groups interested in developing the technology.

Liaisons with other groups

MES/MC working group membership is actively engaged in monitoring and participating with other groups with overlapping scope. These groups include:

Related Work in Other Subgroups

Historical Data Access interfaces

The Utilities, Space, Transportation, and Healthcare Domain Task Forces all have the need to save data histories and retrieve or "play them back" at a later time. A session is being hosted by the Common Enterprise Models Domain Task Force (formerly the BODTF) in Paris on Wednesday, April 25 from 1-5 PM, to explore these requirements further and potentially begin drafting an RFP to cover any shared requirements that may be discovered. Envisioned interfaces for this are known by at least two different names in different subgroups: Historical Data Access from Industrial Systems (HDAIS) in the Utilities DTF and Record/ Playback Facility in the Transportation DTF. The Utilities DTF already have a second draft of an HDAIS RFP available on the server as utility/2001-04-01.


The MES/MC roadmap identifies Workflow (Wf) Resource Assignment [Note: This was a link to a technology schedule no longer active], and Workflow Process Definition [Note: This was a link to a technology schedule no longer active] (RFPs in process) as a basis for definitions of interfaces to some MES software components. Because of this, the MES/MC wg members have been participating in CEMDTF Workflow working group sessions. Because of the interdependency between these two Workflow RFPs, they now share a single schedule. Letters of Intent to submit proposals for either RFP must be received by July 16, 2000 Initial Submissions must be submitted by August 16, 2001, and Revised Submissions must be received by December 24, 2001.

Readers who are interested in process definition should keep an eye on the Action Semantics for UML RFP UML Profile for EDOC RFP technology processes being conducted in the Analysis and Design Platform Task Force. These are likely to have an impact on WPD or any other OMG process definition language developed at OMG.

Past Working Group Activity

Data Acquisition from Industrial Systems RFP

MES/MC Roadmap

OMG Meeting in Burlingame, California

The Manufacturing System Model Technical Committee of Japan

MES/MC Request for Information

The Working Group issued a Request for Information (RFI) December, 1997 which invited input from individuals and organizations with insight or information in the any of the following areas:

Responses were received from:

Click here to view links to the responses and associated presentation material.

A Response Synopsis and Forward Plan and a Response Summary Spreadsheet are available.

MC Whitepaper

A white paper outlining the group's views on CORBA-based Machine Control may be found at mfg/98-03-10.

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This page was updated on 3 May 2001. Please send comments and suggestions to mantis@omg.org by email.

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