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User-Driven and Configurable Tool-Set for CIM Implementation in SMEs

Objective

The objective of this project is to provide a set of tools and a methodology to support the implementation of CIM in SMEs.

The project will develop and evaluate five prototype elements:

- a requirement workbench, consisting of a worksheet and toolbox to model a manufacturing enterprise, its objectives and its CIM requirements, and to produce a specification of these requirements
- a solution workbench, consisting of a template assembly module to convert the CIM specification into a vendor-independent template and vendor specific solution, and a product configuration module to configure existing CIM products to match the template
- a configuration auditor, to compare the capability and effectiveness of the CIM specification and solution against the SME's business objectives and CIM requirements
- a user interface monitor generator, to provide a means to develop standardised user interfaces
- a computer-assisted CIM implementation methodology, to encapsulate and describe the most effective use of the system

An integrated prototype will be created and executed in the end-user site.

Exploitation

The system will enable CIM designers to develop a profile of the client SME, perform a business simulation, evaluate the resulting CIM options, and create a specification for the required CIM solution. A CIM vendor will be able to use the system to design a solution, configure CIM software to meet the individual SME's specification, and audit the specification using simulation type tools.

The project will develop company-independent prototype tools which adhere to the guidelines set down in the X-OPEN Portability Guide (XPG3). The prototype platform will be PCs or intelligent workstations running under Unix. The software will be written in C or C++ and will run on a relational database software with an SQL interface.

Coordinator

Kewill Consultancy Systems plc
Address
Ashley House 20-32 Church Street
KT12 2QS Walton On Thames
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION TEKNIKER
Spain
Address
Avda. Otaola, 20, 44
20600 Eibar
FORDESI - FORMACAO SERVICO & INVESTIGACAO
Portugal
Address
Avenida Almirante Reis, 219-3
1000 Lisboa
IBK System- und Softwarehaus GmbH
Germany
Address
Menziger Straße 70
80992 München
INDUSTRIAS BLOBIS
Spain
Address
Avda De Blasco Ibanez, 110
46132 Almassera
ISARDATA COMPUTER UND SOFTWARE VERTRIEBS
Germany
Address
Winibaldstraße 27
82515 Wolfratshausen
NOKIA CORPORATION
Finland
Address
Revontulentie, 8C, 156
02101 Espoo
Tecnologia Energia Ambiente Materiali Srl
Italy
Address
Via G. Marconi 46/20
21027 Ispra
Universität Bremen
Germany
Address
Klagenfurter Straße Betriebshof
28359 Bremen