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Enterprise Interoperability VII

Enterprise Interoperability in the Digitized and Networked Factory of the Future

  • Conference proceedings
  • © 2016


  • the reader up to date with developments in a field which is extremely important
  • for industrial competitiveness
  • author pool means that readers can learn about the environment in many
  • countries with which they may have to co-operate
  • Supported by the international research group represented by the International Virtual Laboratory in Interoperability (
  • Inter-disciplinary subject matter allows the reader to learn about many points of view on similar problems

Part of the book series: Proceedings of the I-ESA Conferences (IESACONF, volume 8)

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Table of contents (27 papers)

  1. Introduction

  2. Modelling the Enterprise Interoperability

  3. Semantics for Enterprise Interoperability

  4. Architectures and Frameworks for Interoperability

  5. Services for the Enterprise Interoperability


About this book

A concise reference to the state of the art in systems interoperability, Enterprise Interoperability VII will be of great value to engineers and computer scientists working in manufacturing and other process industries and to software engineers and electronic and manufacturing engineers working in the academic environment. Furthermore, it shows how knowledge of the meaning within information and the use to which it will be put have to be held in common between enterprises for consistent and efficient inter-enterprise networks.

Over 30 papers, ranging from academic research through case studies to industrial and administrative experience of interoperability show how, in a scenario of globalised markets, where the capacity to cooperate with other organizations efficiently is essential in order to remain economically, socially and environmentally cost-effective, the most innovative digitized and networked enterprises ensure that their systems and applications are able to interoperate across heterogeneous collaborative networks of independent organizations. This goal of interoperability is essential, not only from the perspective of the individual enterprise but also in the business structures that are now emerging, such as complex collaborating networks of suppliers and customers, virtual enterprises, interconnected organisations or extended enterprises, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. Establishing efficient and relevant collaborative situations requires the management of interoperability from a dynamic point of view: a relevant and efficient collaboration of organizations may require adaptation to remain in line with changing objectives, evolving resources, unexpected events, etc. Many of the papers contained in this, the eighth volume of Proceedings of the I-ESA Conferences have examples and illustrations calculated to deepen understanding and generate new ideas.

The I-ESA’16 Conference from which this book is drawn was organized by the Escola de Engenharia da Universidade do Minho, on behalf of the European Virtual Laboratory for Enterprise Interoperability (INTEROP-VLab) and Interop VLab Portuguese Pole.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Knowledge Raven Management GmbH, Berlin, Germany

    Kai Mertins

  • Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal

    Ricardo Jardim-Gonçalves

  • Future Manufacturing Applied Research Ce, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom

    Keith Popplewell

  • MEtRICs/Dep.Eng.Mecânica, Universidade do Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal

    João P. Mendonça

About the editors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Mertins was born 1947 in the Federal Republic of Germany. After studies of Control Theory in Hamburg and of Economy together with Production Technology at the Technical University of Berlin he was a member of the scientific staff of the University Institute for Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technology (IWF). Since 1983 he was head of the department "Production Control and Manufacturing Systems" at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), where he is since 1988 Director for Planning Technology. Since 1998 he is Professor for Production Management at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He has more than 20 years experience in design, planning, simulation and control of flexible manufacturing systems, manufacturing control systems, shop floor control systems, computer integrated manufacturing, business reengineering and enterprise modelling as well as Intellectual Capital Statement. He was General Project manager in several international industrial projects and gave lectures and seminars at the Technical University Berlin and several other universities.

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