Future Internet 2012, 4(3), 737-761; doi:10.3390/fi4030737
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Context-Based Orchestration for Control of Resource-Efficient Manufacturing Processes

1 German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Innovative Factory Systems, Trippstadter Strasse 122, Kaiserslautern 67663, Germany 2 Technology-Initiative SmartFactoryKL e.V., Trippstadter Strasse 122, Kaiserslautern 67663, Germany
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Received: 18 June 2012; in revised form: 31 July 2012 / Accepted: 9 August 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Semantic Interoperability and Knowledge Building)
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Abstract: The increasing competition between manufacturers, the shortening of innovation cycles and the growing importance of resource-efficient manufacturing demand a higher versatility of factory automation. Service-oriented approaches depict a promising possibility to realize new control architectures by encapsulating the functionality of mechatronic devices into services. An efficient discovery, context-based selection and dynamic orchestration of these services are the key features for the creation of highly adaptable manufacturing processes. We describe a semantic service discovery and ad-hoc orchestration system, which is able to react to new process variants and changed contextual information (e.g., failure of field devices, requirements on the consumption of resources). Because a standardized vocabulary, especially for the description of mechatronic functionalities, is still missing in the manufacturing domain, the semantic description of services, processes and manufacturing plants as well as the semantic interpretation of contextual information play an important part.
Keywords: semantic technologies; ontology development; semantic services; semantic interoperable architectures; manufacturing processes; smart factory

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Loskyll, M.; Heck, I.; Schlick, J.; Schwarz, M. Context-Based Orchestration for Control of Resource-Efficient Manufacturing Processes. Future Internet 2012, 4, 737-761.

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Loskyll M, Heck I, Schlick J, Schwarz M. Context-Based Orchestration for Control of Resource-Efficient Manufacturing Processes. Future Internet. 2012; 4(3):737-761.

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Loskyll, Matthias; Heck, Ines; Schlick, Jochen; Schwarz, Michael. 2012. "Context-Based Orchestration for Control of Resource-Efficient Manufacturing Processes." Future Internet 4, no. 3: 737-761.

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