In the future, manufacturing complex products will depend on a holistic understanding of the product as a complete system including how it interacts with its environment. Model-based Engineering (MBE) will help usher in this new era of manufacturing. But MBE depends on the underlying chain of data information in each stage of a product's lifecycle - from design to disposal. That is why interfaces, data exchange formats and processes, etc. will require standards for the successful flow and integration of that data.
The OMG Information Day on Model-Based Engineering in PLM and Manufacturing will focus on the challenges that Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing strategies bring to the data infrastructure with respect to standardization work as manufacturing transforms from building complex products to complete systems.
RATIONALE AND EXPECTATIONS
It is well understood that the concepts of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing will raise technological challenges specifically with respect to the interoperability of the IT infrastructure to support the development and production of complex products (so-called Cyber Physical Systems, CPS). The induced complexity will increasingly require to apply Model-Based Engineering (MBE) methods and technologies in order to build and manage the interconnected systems, inherent to CPS and future manufacturing environments. The specification of IT standards and the development of MBE tools and methodologies is a kind of pre-competitive grease to support manufacturing collaboration and coopetition.
The role of OMG, and specifically the Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Systems Domain Task Force (ManTIS DTF), is to receive requests for the development of technologies and standards specifications in support of interoperability of manufacturing systems. ManTIS closely cooperates with the Systems Engineering Domain Special Interest Group (SE DSIG) of the OMG to integrate Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
The objective of this 1-day event is to initiate discussions about joint interests between formerly disconnected organizations with the goal to initiate activities to resolve common problems. Our expectation is that the attendee will learn about governmental strategies in support of the above stated objectives and to reflect them with the industrial requirements stated by industrial key players, inter-trade organizations, and research consortia like the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Industry 4.0 Platform. In a concluding panel discussion we would like to discuss the need for action and stipulate joint activities.
The Industrial Internet Consortium is an open membership organization with over 160 members from 23 countries, formed to accelerate the development, adoption, and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel in March 2014, the Industrial Internet Consortium catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet through test-beds and other initiatives.