The Factory InfoStore:Using SoA to Easily Create Factory Applications

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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.

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The Factory InfoStore:Using SoA to Easily Create Factory Applications

  1. 1. The Factory InfoStore: Using SoA to Easily Create Factory Applications Date: October, 2013 Linked to: RTD Research at FAST-Lab. Contact information Tampere University of Technology, FAST Laboratory, P.O. Box 600, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland Email: fast@tut.fi www.tut.fi/fast Conference: The 9th conference of the European Technology Platform on Future Manufacturing Technologies (ETP ManuFuture) was held on 6-8 October 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Title of the paper: The Factory InfoStore: Using SoA to Easily Create Factory Applications Authors: Jose L. Martinez Lastra If you would like to receive a reprint of the original paper, please contact us
  2. 2. The Factory InfoStore: Using SoA to Easily Create Factory Applications Prof. Jose L. Martinez Lastra lastra@ieee.org FAST-Lab. Director www.tut.fi/fast
  3. 3. Outline • SoA: Fundamentals (revisited) – Architecture – Services – (Semantic) Web Services • Factory InfoStore • (examples of) Factory Applications • videos
  4. 4. Outline • SoA: Fundamentals (revisited) – Architecture – Services – (Semantic) Web Services • Factory InfoStore • (examples of) Factory Applications • videos
  5. 5. Service-oriented Architecture • A Service is a software interface that encapsulates the functionality of a device or process • Service-Oriented Architecture (SoA) lis h Pu b – Service broker Service Broker ch ar te Se ca Lo – Service provider – Service requestor Service Provider Invoke Service Requestor • The Service Broker is the mechanism for publishing and locating providers of a process
  6. 6. Service Interface • Web Services – Ethernet and IP networks – XML and SOAP • Described by WSDL – Web Service Description Language – XML request and response messages DPWS stack
  7. 7. Web Services in Devices • A service encapsulates a controlled process – Discrete operation – A controlled and measurable change in the environment • Varying granularity of services – From basic operations... • E.g. a servo-translation – ... to complex processes • E.g. a pick-and-place operation • Complex processes can be – An orchestrated composition of basic operations – An encapsulation of a legacy equipment
  8. 8. Web Services and Integration • Same technology: – – – – low-level devices machines factory information systems enterprise information systems • Seamless vertical integration of heterogeneous elements • Flexible information systems: – System architecture dictated by requirements, not by technology
  9. 9. Semantic Web Services Overview Motivation • Desire to quickly (re)configure manufacturing systems • Large variety and complexity of – Available services – Required orchestrations • Automate (partially) the engineering processes of selecting and composing services
  10. 10. Outline • SoA: Fundamentals (revisited) – Architecture – Services – (Semantic) Web Services • Factory InfoStore • (examples of) Factory Applications • videos
  11. 11. The Concept of Factory Application
  12. 12. The Concept of Factory Application
  13. 13. Some Benefits • New potential biz opportunities for SMEs as producers of Factory Applications: – Encapsulation of their known how – Potential new solutions based on non-direct information • Benefits for SMEs as users of the Factory Applications: – Tailor made solutions – Transparent IT infrastructure (potentially outsource to the cloud)
  14. 14. Factory InfoStore (an example)
  15. 15. Outline • SoA: Fundamentals (revisited) – Architecture – Services – (Semantic) Web Services • Factory InfoStore • (examples of) Factory Applications 1/2 • videos
  16. 16. Machine Visualization Embedded HMI Same data source Same data source Same interface Same interface Different applications Different applications Different exe platforms Different exe platforms From Silicon to the Cloud From Silicon to the Cloud
  17. 17. Machine Visualization HMI (Commercial Product)
  18. 18. Machine Visualization HMI (3rd Party)
  19. 19. Outline • SoA: Fundamentals (revisited) – Architecture – Services – (Semantic) Web Services • Factory InfoStore • (examples of) Factory Applications 2/2 • videos
  20. 20. Advanced Pallet information System APIS • The concept is scalable to wireless networks deploying 6LowPAN • APIS provides the positioning information, in real-time, of manufacturing carriers • By having the current position of each carrier we can better control the production flow
  21. 21. Advanced Pallet information System
  22. 22. Advanced Pallet Information System
  23. 23. Advanced Pallet Information System
  24. 24. Outline • SoA: Fundamentals (revisited) – Architecture – Services – (Semantic) Web Services • Factory InfoStore • (examples of) Factory Applications • videos
  25. 25. Advanced Pallet information System APIS http://youtu.be/d_iMLPx8-tw 2:38 -> 3:43
  26. 26. The Factory InfoStore : Using SoA to Easily Create Factory Applications lastra@ ieee.org www.tut.fi/fast Semantic Web Services in Factory Automation: Fundamental Insights and Research Roadmap. IEEE Trans. Industrial Informatics (TII) 2(1):1-11 A Semantic Web Services-based approach for production systems control. Advanced Engineering Informatics 24(3): 285-299 Semantics-based Composition of Factory Automation Processes Encapsulated by Web Services. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TII.2012.2220554 (open access) An agent-based system for orchestration support of web service-enabled devices in discrete manufacturing systems. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Vol.23, Issue: 6, 2681-2702

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