Information infrastructure services for small and medium size manufacturers: The MI2CI project

  • J. Goossenaerts
  • C. M. Acebedo
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT)


Advanced information and communication technologies have become major enablers of manufacturing industry operations and product and process development.

The paper proposes the concept of an information and command infrastructure and the role it can play as an enabler for lean, agile and sustainable industries in developing countries. An information infrastructure should provide an ongoing and lasting stream of information, decision and control services in support of the different life cycle phases of products and production resources, i.e. their design, production, use, distribution and disposal. Such services are particularly important for small and medium size manufacturers.

The MI2CI project deals with software technology for information and command infrastructures for industries. Its goals and current activities are described.


Industrial development information infrastructure enterprise integration small and medium size enterprises 


  1. Alting, L. and Jorgensen, J. (1993) The Life cycle concept as a basis for sustainable industrial production. Annals of the CIRP, 42 /1.Google Scholar
  2. Behrens, W., and Hawranek, P.M. (1991) Manual for the Preparation of Industrial Feasibility Studies. UNIDO, Vienna.Google Scholar
  3. Browne, J., Sackett, P. J., and Wortmann, J.C. (1995). Future manufacturing systems–towards the extended enterprise. In: Computers in Industry, Vol. 25: 235–254.Google Scholar
  4. CEN/CENELEC (1990) ENV 40 003: Computer integrated manufacturing - systems architecture - framework for enterprise modelling. European prestandard, CEN/CENELEC, Rue de Stassart 36, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.Google Scholar
  5. CEN Report 1832 (1995) CIM systems architecture - enterprise model execution and integration services - statement of requirements. CEN/CENELEC, Rue de Stassart 36, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.Google Scholar
  6. CEN (1995) ENV 12 204 Advanced Manufacturing Technology - Systems Architecture - Constructs for Enterprise Modelling. European prestandard, CEN, Brussels.Google Scholar
  7. ESPRIT Consortium AMICE, editor. (1993) CIMOSA: Open System Architecture for CIM. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2nd, rev. and ext. edition.Google Scholar
  8. Gielingh, W. (1993) Towards an infrastructure for product data technology. In Realizing CIM’s Industrial Potential, pages 70–81. IOS Press, Amsterdam.Google Scholar
  9. Goldman, S.L., Nagel, R.N. and Preis, K. (1994) Agile Competitors and Virtual Organizations. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY.Google Scholar
  10. Goossenaerts, J. (1996) A Framework for Connecting Work and Information Infrastructure. This volume.Google Scholar
  11. Goossenaerts, J. and Bjorner, D. (1994) Generic models for manufacturing industry. Technical report no. 32, UNU/IIST, P.O.Box 3058, Macau, December 1994. as: MIZCI Reference Handbook Ch. IV. 1.Google Scholar
  12. Goossenaerts, J. and Bjorner, D. (1994) Interflow systems for manufacturing: Concepts and a construction. In: Ladet, P. and Vernadat, F.B. editors, Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering - Proceedings of the European Workshop on Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE’94)., Chapman & Hall, London, UK.Google Scholar
  13. Hammer, M., and Champy, J. (1993) Reengineering the Corporation. Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., New York.Google Scholar
  14. van Houten, F.J.A.M. (1992) Manufacturing interfaces. Annals of the CIRP, 41 /2.Google Scholar
  15. IMS (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems) - A Program for International Cooperation in Advanced Manufacturing/final report of the international steering committee adopted at ISC6, Hawaii, 24 to 26 January, 1994. Report, IMS Consortium.Google Scholar
  16. Inagaki, K. (1993) The role of information systems infrastructure in production management. In: Yoshikawa. H. and Goossenaerts, J., editors, Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing, IFIP Transactions B-14. Elsevier Science B. V. ( North Holland ), Amsterdam.Google Scholar
  17. Kimura, F. (1993) A computer-supported framework for concurrent engineering — an approach based on virtual manufacturing. In: Yoshikawa, H., and Goossenaerts, J., editors, Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing, IFIP Transactions B-14. Elsevier Science B. V. ( North Holland ), Amsterdam.Google Scholar
  18. Matsuda, M., Wakai, H., and Fukuzawa, M. (1993) Software requirements for a cell-based information environment in manufacturing: Present and future. In Proceedings of the Symposium on Manufacturing Application Programming Language Environments, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 4–5 1993. National Research Council of Canada.Google Scholar
  19. Object Management Group (1991) The Common Object Request Broker: Architecture and Specification. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. OMG Document Number 91.12.1.Google Scholar
  20. The RAISE Language Group (1992) The RAISE Specification Language. Prentice Hall, New York.Google Scholar
  21. Scheer, A.-W. (1994) Business Process Engineering Reference Models for Industrial Enterprises. Springer Verlag, Berlin.Google Scholar
  22. Sohlenius, G. (1992) Concurrent engineering. Annals of the CIRP, 41 /2.Google Scholar
  23. Spur, G., Mertins, K., and Jochem, R. (1994) Integrated Enterprise Modelling. Beuth Verlag GmbH, D-10772 Berlin.Google Scholar
  24. Stone, M.B. (1993) Foreword. In M.J. Menou, editor, Measuring The Impact of Information on Development. International Development Research Center, Ottawa, Canada.Google Scholar
  25. Toyama, M. (1996) GNOSIS: Knowledge systematization; configuration systems for design and manufacturing. In this volume.Google Scholar
  26. Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine that Changed the World. MIT Rawson Associates.Google Scholar
  27. Yamakage, S. (1990) A strategy for IT-led development: Impact of information technology on development policies. In T. Saito, editor, Information Technology-led Development. Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Goossenaerts
    • 1
  • C. M. Acebedo
    • 2
  1. 1.Information & TechnologyEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Industrial Engineering DepartmentDe La Salle UniversityManilaPhilippines

Personalised recommendations