The Service-oriented Architecture (SoA) design concept is an evolution of previous approaches to warp and encapsulate data processing while the how and where the data is processed become transparent for the service consumer. The main advantages of SoA with respect to previous efforts reside on the well- established set of XML-based open standards for defining concepts such as: the description of the service, the communication among the services, and the discovering and connection between the services.
The automation of production systems is becoming a software-intensive task, and therefore, is facing even more integration issues to those already identified in the early 80s and 90s. It is expected than the deployment of SoA via different approaches such as DPWS (Device Profile for Web Services) or OPC-UA (OPC-Unified Architecture) at the Factory Floor will relax these integration tasks.
This presentation will provide the views on how to capitalize Information Infrastructures deployed as SoA by creating a Factory InfoStore, which in a way reassembles the concepts of the Stores for Applications of the consumer electronics business. It will stress the possibilities for introducing new actors for the production automation business, and also the potential utilization of the concept by SMEs.