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Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9814179, 23 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9814179
Research Article

Service Oriented Integration of Distributed Heterogeneous IT Systems in Production Engineering Using Information Standards and Linked Data

1Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Production Engineering, Brinellvägen 68, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden
2Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Mechatronics Division, Brinellvägen 83, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Navid Shariat Zadeh; es.htk@zsdivan

Received 1 September 2016; Revised 18 November 2016; Accepted 5 December 2016; Published 19 March 2017

Academic Editor: Feng Xiao

Copyright © 2017 Navid Shariat Zadeh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

While design of production systems based on digital models brings benefits, the communication of models comes with challenges since models typically reside in a heterogeneous IT environment using different syntax and semantics. Coping with heterogeneity requires a smart integration strategy. One main paradigm to integrate data and IT systems is to deploy information standards. In particular, ISO 10303 STEP has been endorsed as a suitable standard to exchange a wide variety of product manufacturing data. One the other hand, service-oriented tool integration solutions are progressively adopted for the integration of data and IT-tools, especially with the emergence of Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration whose focus is on the linking of data from heterogeneous software tools. In practice, there should be a combination of these approaches to facilitate the integration process. Hence, the aim of this paper is to investigate the applications of the approaches and the principles behind them and try to find criteria for where to use which approach. In addition, we explore the synergy between them and consequently suggest an approach based on combination of them. In addition, a systematic approach is suggested to identify required level of integrations and their corresponding approaches exemplified in a typical IT system architecture in Production Engineering.