Semantic Tool Interoperability for Engineering Manufacturing Systems
Manufacturing systems engineering projects depend on contributions from several engineering disciplines. These contributions consist of complex artifacts like mechanical, electrical, and software components and plans. While the software tools are strong in supporting each individual engineering discipline, there is very little work on engineering processes automation across semantically heterogeneous engineering tool data models. In this paper, the authors adapt the Engineering Knowledge Base (EKB) concept, a semantic model, which extends the Global-as-View concept and explicitly models common engineering concepts and mappings using machine-understandable syntax, for the engineering of manufacturing systems.