Navigating between Tools in Heterogeneous Automation Systems Engineering Landscapes

R. Mordinyi, T Moser,D. Winkler, S. Biffl:
"Navigating between Tools in Heterogeneous Automation Systems Engineering Landscapes";
Vortrag: 38th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), Montreal, Canada; 25.10.2012 - 28.10.2012; in:"Proceedings of the IECON 2012 - 38th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society", (2012), S. 6182 - 6188.

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Abstract:


Automation Systems Engineering projects typically depend on the collaboration of several engineering disciplines. While available software tools are supporting individual engineering disciplines quite well, there is very little work on tool collaboration and engineering process automation across discipline boundaries. Following a sequential process structure with distributed and parallel activities, an efficient integration of loosely linked heterogeneous engineering tool models for information retrieval or model consistency checking for quality assurance (QA) requires high human effort. Mechatronic objects provide a logical view on integrated data from mechanical, electrical, and software engineering but there is limited support of heterogeneous and dynamic engineering tool models. Based on so-called engineering objects this paper introduces the capability of single-click navigation between heterogeneous engineering tools taking into account the different views on common
engineering concepts. The proposed approach is evaluated by using an example from the process automation domain. Major results are that navigation increases the understanding and
traceability of complex relations and thus enables the efficient diagnosis of deviations between models.