Agile Testing Concepts Based on Keyword-driven Testing for Industrial Automation Systems

R. Hametner, D. Winkler, A. Zoitl:
"Agile Testing Concepts Based on Keyword-driven Testing for Industrial Automation Systems";
Vortrag: IECON, Montreal, Canada; 25.10.2012 - 28.10.2012; in:"IECON 2012 - 38th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society", (2012), ISBN: 978-1-4673-2420-5; S. 3707 - 3712.

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In the field of industrial automation systems software
becomes an important factor because engineers tend to
move the realization of functional requirements from hardware
to software components. The main reason for this is that software
components allow increasing product flexibility. As a consequence
software complexity increases rapidly and requires systematic,
automation-supported and agile testing approaches. Thus, systematic
and agile testing are key challenges in industrial control
software development to ensure and improve systems quality.
Further different implementation standards, i.e., IEC 61131-
3 and IEC 61499, arise additional challenges in constructing
and testing industrial automation systems software. This paper
presents an agile and keyword-driven test approach with focus
on testing implementations based on both important industrial
standards and illustrates the applicability of the purposed approach
in a sample implementation, i.e., a High Speed Pick
and Place unit. Main results show the applicability of keyworddriven
testing based on a defined subset of keywords (common
for IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499) and thus enable agile and
automation-supported testing more effective and efficient.