The primary function of the Collaborative Discrete Automation System
(CDAS) architecture is to define the vision for the factory of the future and
to provide an architectural roadmap based on the prevailing business drivers
and emerging technologies for discrete manufacturing.
Manufacturing is moving into an era that requires levels of coordination
and collaboration that existing legacy systems will not be able to deliver. It
will be imperative that all the disparate organizations, business and manufacturing
processes, systems and applications that represent the
manufacturing enterprise be brought together within the context of an all
encompassing architecture. Future factories will be based on an entirely
different set of business drivers and emerging technologies. It will be incumbent
on manufacturers to set business plans and strategies into place
based on an architecture that captures these strategies and processes.