Newsletter Sept./Oct. 2016: Collaborative Engineering with AutomationML and Your Current Engineering Plans

Welcome to the autumn 2016 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, 419 KB].

Making engineering collaboration more effective and efficient in a heterogeneous software tool landscape is an ongoing issue for software solution providers and users. The step-by-step migration from current tools towards AutomationML is feasible and useful (see the Andritz Hydro application case). The AML.hub is useful for the migration towards AutomationML and brings considerable advantages regarding productivity, collaboration, and quality assurance. For 2017, we plan an AML.hub version that supports the upcoming guideline VDMA 66415 Einheitsblatt, which facilitates the simple participation in AutomationML for SMEs.

At the upcoming AutomationML User Conference and the SPS IPC Drives 2016 Electric Automation – Systems and Components, experts from the Christian Doppler research laboratory CDL-Flex at the Vienna University of Technology will present and discuss applications for industry partners based on the AML.hub for the versioned storage and integration of AutomationML data coming from heterogeneous engineering models and tools.

At the 4th AutomationML User Conference, scheduled for October 18-19 at Festo AG in Esslingen, Germany, researchers will present and discuss solution concepts for efficient data exchange based on the AutomationML Hub and collaborative review support for improving engineering projects in multi-disciplinary engineering environments.

At the SPS/IPC/Drives 2016 exhibition, scheduled for November 22 - 24 in Nuremberg, Germany, you can find us at the booth of our industry partner logi.cals in hall 6-230, see details in the section on upcoming events.

Further, experts from the CDL-Flex and industry partners will present recent research results at the Modeling of Embedded Systems Conference, Tag des Systems Engineering, and the Embedded Software Engineering Kongress.

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

  •  Lessons learned from Industry Use Cases: AML.hub – Round Trip Engineering with heterogeneous engineering models.
  •  Research Use Case: Collaborative AutomationML Review Support for efficient and early defect detection in engineering models.
  •  Inside View: Model-Driven Engineering for Cyber-Physical Production Systems to enable the efficient derivation of software tools.
  •  New Research Results: Simulation Generation with AutomationML from heterogeneous engineering 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 are looking forward to discussing your suggestions on issues for research and development to foster alternative solutions for better software data, model, and tool integration in engineering environments.

Download the full newsletter [pdf, 419 KB]

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

Heinrich Steininger
logi.cals GmbH, Austria

Peter Lieber
LieberLieber Software GmbH, Austria

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