Engineering Environment Integration for More Productivity in Complex Automation Projects

The New Platform

Together with industrial partner logi.cals a new Christian Doppler Laboratory at the Vienna University of Technology is developing an integration platform called Automation Service Bus®.
This development is based upon the concept of the „Enterprise Service Bus”, which has been successfully established for software integration in company IT sections.

In order to make the engineering process transparent and to organize a systematic data exchange, a so-called web-based Engineering Cockpit is being developed, based on the „Automation Service Bus®“ (ASB). Due to the systematic integration of the relevant data models of the tools used in the project, this allows a project and process view across disciplines and domains.

Role-oriented project view in the Engineering Cockpit

 
Status Quo in Automation Engineering

Growing demands made on the engineering of complex automated plants lead to:

  • a higher degree of division of labour with specialized software tools,
  • a higher parallelization of various involved tasks and
  • enhanced requirements to cross-tools quality assurance.
This results in a growing demand for interaction among the roles in engineering processes. However, this demand is hardly covered by the existing tools. Technical and semantical breakages between software tools complicate the correct and efficient cross-tools and cross-models communication among engineers and so lead to delays in the development process as well as to risks in operation.

 

Your advantages from using the Automation Service Bus®

Engineering Environment Integration with Automation Service Bus® adds up to notable advantages:

  • Interactions neccessary among engineers are facilitated and systematized – also and especially when they use different software tools.
  • More options for the improvement of the overall process as well as for the quality assurance of error diagnostics across tools and domains.
  • You increase your productivity with planning and construction of complex industrial plants.
  • By integrating cross-tools security support security requirements in engineering are met.

 

Past Experiences

Prototypical implementations with Automation Service Bus® show notably more efficiency even in medium scaled automation projects (around 1.000 engineering hours). Completely new possibilities of collaborative engineering can be realized, especially with projects in which complex tasks have to accomplished, with distributed roles and in various disciplines.

 

Your Advantages, your contribution, your way to a prototype

Feel free to discuss the following topics with our experts from research and industry:

  • the Automation Service Bus® approach
  • the current challenges of your environment
  • tangible scenarios of use in your projects
  • how your technical experts can contribute the required process know-how
Based upon that, a prototypical Automation Service Bus® application – increasing the productivity of your engineering team – can be realised.