Newsletter April 2012: Automate Your Engineering Process With Open Integration

Welcome to the April 2012 issue of the CDL-Flex newsletter, your newsfeed on the latest news, results, and upcoming events from the Christian Doppler research laboratory CDL-Flex at the Vienna University of Technology. Download the full newsletter [pdf, 1,13 MB].

The integration of software tools to make engineering collaboration more effective and efficient continues to be a hot topic for software tool vendors and users. At the recent SPS/IPC/Drives many software tool vendors presented better integrated software tool suites. However, many software users in the automation engineering of industrial plants want to mitigate the strategic risk of software vendor lock-in with open non-proprietary solutions for the integration of software tools to support the automation of their engineering processes.

As an open alternative solution experts from the Christian Doppler research laboratory CDL-Flex at the Vienna University of Technology presented Automation Service Bus (ASB) for software tool integration (both data and processes) with showcases from cooperations with industry partners.

In this edition of the newsletter you will find results from the CDL-Flex research and evaluation.

  • Lessons learned from the SPS/IPC/Drives tools fair experience.
  • A report on the industry use case “Engineering Cockpit”.
  • The inside view on the Automation Service Bus
  • New research results on data model transformation: the efficient transformation of user-friendly UML class diagrams into machine-understandable ontology data models.
  • Consider taking part in the upcoming events with experts from the CDL-Flex.

We hope you enjoy the articles and find food for thought on potential improvements and new solutions in your environment. On request we will be happy to provide you with the cited papers. We will be happy to discuss your suggestions on issues for research and development to foster alternative solutions for better software tool integration in engineering environments.

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Ao. Univ.Prof. Dr. Stefan Biffl
Head of the Christian Doppler research laboratory CDL-Flex
Technische Universität, Wien

Heinrich Steininger
logi.cals automation solutions & services GmbH, Austria