Integrated-Company-Software (INCOSOFT) — a special solution for small- and medium-sized companies

  • Peter Starzacher
  • Wolfram Wöß
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 856)


The goal of this paper is to systematize CIM-laboratories with a detailed description of a real CIM-factory which realises the solving proposals of model factories.

In the first half of the paper we explain the importance of CIM for small- and medium-sized companies. In order to support these kinds of companies in the development of CIM-systems research institutes and universities have built model factories and simulation models to present their theoretical knowledge in a practical way. Because these model factories do not provide on appropriate CIM-solutions for small- and medium-sized companies we developed INCOSOFT (Integrated Company Software), which is a special solution for small sized companies.

The second half of the paper is devoted to the description of the components of INCOSOFT, the hard- and software-requirements, some implementation aspects and the differences between the software systems of small- and medium-sized companies and and those of large scale industry. Programming was done in a 4th generation language, data administration is handled by a relational database. The CIM-software runs on a PC-LAN with a central file server and a database server. INCOSOFT fulfils the special requirements of small- and medium-sized companies and integrates standard software with non-standard-software. Therefore INCOSOFT pays attention to the low financial power of small- and medium-sized companies.

Key words

CIM leitstand INCOSOFT database application small- and medium-sized companies CIM-laboratory CIM-factory model factory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Starzacher
    • 1
  • Wolfram Wöß
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW)Johannes Kepler University LinzHagenbergAustria

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