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CIM System with Distributed Database and Configurable Modules

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop a range of IT tools to enable the bidirectional transfer of data between the components of a CIM system and their functional integration. The components in question are those concerned with:

- product development
- production planning
- production control
- process coordination
- process monitoring and control
- process interface.
A software management and configuration system has been developed. It describes a software application as a parts list of all its components by using a self defined software engineering environment (SEE) model. The underlying version and variant management is done by a UNIX standard tool.
A prototype was made available on 02/04/92
The operating environment is as follows :
Operating system: UNIX, INFORMIX database management system (DBMS)
A number of applications from these fields will be developed or adapted and will be installed in selected industrial and laboratory test-beds.

The tools will be applicable to both the discrete parts manufacturing and continuous and discontinuous process industries.

The following tools will be developed:

- Interface Management System (INMAS): an individually configurable software interface supporting data exchange between different CIM applications. This tool consists mainly of two components: a communication control management module and a general information management and control component. To access data INMAS uses a neutral interface based on SQL called gateway.
- Configuration System (COSY): this will support the individual configuration of software systems at application, functional and data structure level. A COSY tool will further manage program version and release information.
- Distributed Database (DDB): this will allow CIM applications to access databases or files resident on physically remote systems as if they were local. Gateways needed by INMAS will be also a result of DDB activities.
- Man-Machine Interface (MMI): starting from a previous ESPRIT project this will provide tools supporting the automatic creation of graphical user interfaces. Another goal of MMI is the definition of a common user interface across the range of systems and applications of CIDAM.

All CIDAM tools will be based on industry standard providing a high degree of hardware independence.

Coordinator

DIGITAL KIENZLE
Address

Villingen
Germany

Participants (10)

FICHTEL & SACHS
Germany
Address
Ernst Sachs Straße 62
97424 Schweinfurt
Fiat Aviazione SpA
Italy
Address
Via Nizza 312
10100 Torino
HARTMANN & BRAUN
Germany
Address
Graefstraße 97
60487 Frankfurt Am Main
MANNESMANN PROCAD
Germany
Address

40885 Ratingen
MANNESMANN PROCAD
Germany
Address

49328 Wetter
MANNESMANN PROCAD
Germany
Address

Karlsruhe
Mannesmann Rexroth Pneumatik GmbH
Germany
Address
Jahnstraße 3-5
97816 Lohr
SAARLAND UNIVERSITY
Germany
Address
Im Stadtwald
66123 Saarbruecken
Syseca SA
France
Address
4 Square René Cassin
35100 Rennes
UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Trinity College
Dublin 2