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Using Context-Aware Workflows for Failure Management in a Smart Factory

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Executive Summary

In factories many processes are executed in parallel. The manufacturing processes are managed by Manufacturing Execution Systems. In the case of machine failures these systems provide only rudimentary or no support to the workers or shop-floor managers. As a consequence the failures have to be fixed as fast as possible for being able to continue manufacturing processes. For such cases context-aware workflows can be used to support the workers and to coordinate the work that has to be done for repairing purposes. In the Nexus Project, the authors introduced the concept of context-aware workflows and context integration processes to be able to implement all kinds of processes going on in a smart environment.

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