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Towards a Domain-Specific Approach Enabling Tool-Supported Model-Based Systems Engineering of Complex Industrial Internet-of-Things Applications

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Josef Ressel Centre for Dependable System-of-Systems Engineering, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Urstein Sued 1, A-5412 Puch, Austria
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Institute of Ergonomics, Manufacturing Systems and Automation (IAF), Otto-v.-Guericke University, Universitätsplatz 2, D-39106 Magdeburg, Germany
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Systems 2021, 9(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9020021
Received: 5 March 2021 / Revised: 19 March 2021 / Accepted: 20 March 2021 / Published: 24 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Systems Engineering)
Contemporary manufacturing systems are undergoing a major change promoted by emerging technologies such as Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) or the Internet of Things (IoT). This trend, nowadays widely known by the term “Industry 4.0”, leads to a new kind of automated production. However, the rising number of dynamically interconnected elements in industrial production lines results in such a system being transformed into a complex System of Systems (SoS). Due to the increasing complexity and the challenges accompanied by this change, conventional engineering methods using generic principles reach their limits when developing this type of systems. With varying approaches only trying to find a solution for small-scaled areas of this problem statement, the need for a holistic methodology becomes more and more obvious. Having recognized this issue, one of the most promising approaches has been introduced with the Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0). However, in the current point of view, this domain-specific architecture framework is missing specifications to address all aspects of such a critical infrastructure. Thus, this paper introduces a comprehensive modeling approach utilizing methods applied in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and including domain-specific particularities as well as architectural concepts with the goal to enable mutual engineering of current and future industrial systems. The resulting artifacts, a domain-specific language (DSL), an architecture definition and a development process, are thereby consolidated in a ready to use software framework, whose applicability was evaluated by a real-world case study. View Full-Text
Keywords: Industry 4.0; systems architecture; System of Systems (SoS); Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0); Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Industry 4.0; systems architecture; System of Systems (SoS); Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0); Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
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Binder, C.; Neureiter, C.; Lüder, A. Towards a Domain-Specific Approach Enabling Tool-Supported Model-Based Systems Engineering of Complex Industrial Internet-of-Things Applications. Systems 2021, 9, 21. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9020021

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Binder C, Neureiter C, Lüder A. Towards a Domain-Specific Approach Enabling Tool-Supported Model-Based Systems Engineering of Complex Industrial Internet-of-Things Applications. Systems. 2021; 9(2):21. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9020021

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Binder, Christoph, Christian Neureiter, and Arndt Lüder. 2021. "Towards a Domain-Specific Approach Enabling Tool-Supported Model-Based Systems Engineering of Complex Industrial Internet-of-Things Applications" Systems 9, no. 2: 21. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9020021

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