Towards Semantic Interoperability in Industrial Production

Matthias Loskyll

In: Salvatore F. Pileggi; Carlos Fernandez-Llatas. Semantic Interoperability: Issues, Solutions, Challenges. Chapter 4, Pages 71-104, River Publishers, 4/2012.


The Factory of Things describes the extension of the Internet of Things specific to the production domain. The semantic description of products, processes and plants depicts a basic module of this approach, through which information can be filtered and services can be discovered and orchestrated on demand. The usage of semantic technologies in the context of production can make a valuable contribution towards managing the growing complexity, increasing the flexibility of production processes and establishing a semantic interoperability among heterogneous systems. This chapter presents an approach to build semantic plant models based on production-specific knowledge sources, lexical knowledge and the usage of methods for semiautomatic knowledge acquisition. The efficient development of the semantic plant model based on a clearly defined methodology is meant as a first step towards semantic interoperability in industrial production.We describe a case study in an industry-related production plant, in which the developed semantic plant model serves as the basis for the efficient discovery and dynamic orchestration of field device services to build adaptive production processes.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence