Advanced Product Lifecycle Management by Introducing Domain-Specific Service Buses

  • Stefan Silcher
  • Max Dinkelmann
  • Jorge Minguez
  • Bernhard Mitschang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 141)


Manufacturing companies are operating today in a turbulent market. Permanently changing preconditions forces the companies to continuously adapt their business and production processes to get the optimal productivity. Therefore, a vast number of IT systems are introduced to support tasks along the product life cycle. These systems are typically isolated and their communication, cooperation and in special cases also integration results in more and more overhead and gets quickly unmanageable. Further problems arise, when building continuous processes within the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The service-based PLM architecture faces these challenges and presents a homogeneous integration approach based on Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology. The characteristics and findings of our approach are presented and the inclusion of security features is discussed. A proof-of-concept for the production planning and the corresponding Production Planning Service Bus are presented. Finally, the advantages of the service-based approach compared to traditional integration solutions are pointed out.


Product lifecycle management Service-oriented architecture Enterprise service bus Modular IT integration 



The authors extend their sincere thanks to Fabian Laux, who contributed in developing and implementing the prototype of the service-based production planning integration. Furthermore, the authors would like to thank the German Research Foundation (DFG) for financial support of this project as part of the Graduate School of Excellence advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME) at the University of Stuttgart.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Silcher
    • 1
  • Max Dinkelmann
    • 2
  • Jorge Minguez
    • 1
  • Bernhard Mitschang
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Excellence Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME)StuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF)StuttgartGermany

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