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Communications Network for Manufacturing Applications


This project continues the work of ESPRIT projects 955 and 2617 (CNMA) in the specification, implementation, validation and demonstration of newly emerging standard communications protocols for use in industrial environments.
Progress has been made in the area of internationally standardized communications for devices in the shop floor environment. Barriers to the adoption of open systems interconnection (OSI) technology have been identified.
Work items in this project will address:

- network management
- companion standards for Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS)
- application interfaces
- remote database access
- event management.

The implementation of these standards will be independently verified by a test-bed technology project and validated and demonstrated in high voltage transformer manufacture, carburettor assembly facilities and the aerospace industry. Technology transfer to SMEs will also be emphasised.


The work is expected to further advance the state of the art in industrial open communications and to improve the competitive position of European industry. The results of the project will be submitted to both national, European and international standards bodies to ensure recognition of European industrial requirements. Migration paths from proprietary systems to systems based on international standards will be demonstrated.


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British Aerospace Defence Ltd
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Guild Centre Lords Walk
PR1 1RE Preston
United Kingdom

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