Vertical Integration and Adaptive Services in Networked Production Environments

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 245)


A major task in the context of Industry 4.0 is the vertical integration of the layers of automation and information technology to make today’s structures in production plants more flexible. While the necessity of such a step is easy to see from an administrative perspective, the technical realization is difficult, since it requires emergent software systems and implies the coupling of heterogeneous systems with different technological constraints. In this paper, we present an approach to realize this step. It is based on the coupling of adaptive components and services, which range from the field level to the management level and include wireless sensor networks, autonomous robots, and multimedia systems for remote maintenance, with an ERP system. By presenting the application in a demonstration production plant bottling liquid soap, we provide evidence of the approach’s economical and technological benefits.


Production Plant Application Programming Interface Vertical Integration Multimedia System Automate Guide Vehicle 
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This work was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the joint project SINNODIUM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Telecommunications LabSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  3. 3.proAlpha Software GmbHWeilerbachGermany
  4. 4.DFKI KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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