Towards a Contextualized Visual Analysis of Heterogeneous Manufacturing Data

  • Mario Aehnelt
  • Hans-Jörg Schulz
  • Bodo Urban
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8034)


Visual analysis spanning multiple data sources usually requires the integration of multiple specialized applications to handle their heterogeneity. This is also true in manufacturing, where data about orders, personnel, workloads, maintenance, etc. must be analyzed together to make well-founded management decisions. Yet, the orchestration of multiple data sources and applications poses challenges to the software infrastructure and to the analyst. We present a three-tiered approach to cope with these challenges. In a first step, we establish a domain-dependent workflow as the mental model of the analyst. Based on the novel concept of contextualization, we then align the different applications with this model for their meaningful integration. In a third step, we incorporate the data according to its use in the aligned applications by means of a service-based architecture. By starting the integration on the user level, we are able to pragmatically target and streamline the required integration to a degree that is technically achievable and interactively manageable. We exemplify our approach with the Plant@Hand system for integrating manufacturing data and applications.


Heterogeneous Data Enterprise Resource Planning Enterprise Resource Planning System Product Data Management Manufacture Execution System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Aehnelt
    • 1
  • Hans-Jörg Schulz
    • 2
  • Bodo Urban
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer IGD RostockGermany
  2. 2.University of RostockGermany

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