Vertical Integration of decision relevant production information into IT-Systems of manufacturing companies

Tobias Gerber, Hans-Christian Bosch, Charlotta Johnsson

In: Proceedings of the 14th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM 12). IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM-2012) May 23-25 Bucharest Romania IFAC 2012.


Today’s global competition and rising prizes for resources force manufacturing companies to directly connect their IT-Systems with their manufacturing plants. The connection, that should be flexible, needs to be done in increasingly shorter time, resulting in an ad-hoc connection structures. Such inadequate connection of the business and technical (manufacturing) level increases the planning and implementation effort dramatically. Therefore this paper examines a flexible communication architecture approach to close the gap between business and technical level. The concept enables the transfer of information in form of key performance indicators to support decision-making processes in IT-Systems of manufacturing companies. To prove the feasibility of the vertical integration approach a prototype is implemented and evaluated in the SmartFactoryKL.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence