Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 253–270 | Cite as

Distributed planning and control systems for the virtual enterprise: organizational requirements and development life-cycle

  • Anto´nio Lucas Soares
  • Ame´rico Lopes Azevedo
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa


This paper describes the requirements analysis and system specification of an Order Promise module to be used as part of a broader Decision Support System for production and operations planning of a Virtual Enterprise. This work is part of a broader project with a particular focus on the microelectronics industry which is a good example of Virtual Enterprise, and where a quick response to the customers needs and to unpredictable changes in production conditions is considered a major factor for success. First, the analysis and specification are presented within a development framework that involves the study of organizational issues of semiconductor enterprises. The use of ontological engineering for supporting the communication and shared understanding of the system concepts is explained and a virtual enterprise ontology is outlined. Following the clarification of the concept of virtual enterprise, the generic techno-organizational requirements for the information system are derived. Finally, a specification of the global planning module and a more detailed one regarding the order promise module is presented.

Virtual Enterprises Distributed Planning and Control Decision Support Systems Information Systems Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anto´nio Lucas Soares
    • 1
  • Ame´rico Lopes Azevedo
    • 2
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa
    • 3
  1. 1.Manufacturing Systems Engineering UnitINESC PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Manufacturing Systems Engineering UnitINESC PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Manufacturing Systems Engineering UnitINESC PortoPortoPortugal

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