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Ontología de referencia de fabricación estándar


Oferta Tecnológica
Un centro de investigación español ha desarrollado una ontología de referencia de fabricación formal. Esta ontología facilita la información de interoperabilidad en múltiples aplicaciones y la toma de decisiones, desarrollo de modelos de negocio y configuración de la red de producción global, incluyendo la evaluación técnica y de riesgos. Algunas de sus ventajas incluyen la aclaración de información y trayectorias de migración hacia estándares interoperables. El centro de investigación busca compañías en el campo de tecnologías de la información para establecer acuerdos de investigación y cooperación técnica.


Standard Manufacturing Reference Ontologies
A Spanish research centre has developed a formal manufacturing reference ontology. It facilitates interoperability information across multiple applications and decision support, business model development and global production network configuration including technical and risk assessment. Information clarification and migrations paths towards interoperable standards are some advantages. The centre is interested in research or technical cooperation with information technology companies.
The globalization process of recent years has required enterprises to deal with more and more complex business and production scenarios in order to satisfy all their customer requirements and remain competitive. Collaboration across networks of enterprises and supply chains becomes an important capability to be able to compete in these worldwide, volatile and highly competitive markets.

With the range of information and communication technology (ICT) tools available today and their wide-ranging development over recent years, it would seem reasonable to expect such tools to play a really significant part in business development. This they do, but not in a well-integrated, trans-disciplinary way. There are many information incompatibility problems that need to be overcome and holistic approaches are critical to long-term competitive solutions.

A key part of the solution to this problem lies in the use of semantic technologies that can provide a formal, logic based route to sharing meaning. This approach leads to a set of reference ontologies that can be exploited by businesses to share information across software tools where appropriate and also to build company focused knowledge bases that can form the source and repository of sharable knowledge to support business decisions. This approach provides a much more effective and flexible solution that the high cost, rigid information exchange methods used today.

A Spanish research centre, in the frame of an EU 7th framework programme funded project, has overcome this barrier by developing a manufacturing reference ontology. This ontology facilitates information interoperability across multiple applications and decision support related to collaboration management, business model development, production network configuration and analysis including risk management. This supports rapidly bringing new business ideas to fruition in businesses across a range of different manufacturing industry sectors.

The offered solution integrates a range of applications that support business model and product development decisions, especially focused on strategic and tactical decisions related to the configuration of global supply networks. Systems based on this asset can increase their interoperability level and therefore provide high quality information to help decision makers to understand how best to (i) support their existing customer base (ii) react to product or service change implications on the production process and (iii) manage global complexity associated challenges.

A key aspect that must also be highlighted is how the ontology contributes to supporting multi-faceted decision-making processes. The solution effectively provides a knowledge framework, including key cross-domain relationships. This means that the implications of decisions from one perspective can be immediately applied to any other related viewpoint. Hence the user has the most appropriate information to make intelligent multi-perspective decisions, reacting rapidly and saving money by exploiting those production configurations that will report the most benefit.

Among the advantages that the develop solution offers can be highlighted the flexible approach to share information across different systems and the migration path towards interoperable standards. Therefore, the ontology enhances business´ process efficiency.

Information technology companies that provide solutions to manage business decisions and global production networks that may be interested in offering high quality solution to their customers by increasing the interoperability of their systems are sought. The centre is interested in research or technical cooperation with information technology companies since specific adaptations should be done to adjust the system to specific requirements.
Advantages and Innovations:
The developed ontology overcomes the necessity of efficient systems that supports information sharing. Therefore, companies have enough information to better make their decisions. Another innovative aspect is its ability to bring ideas to fruition in business across different manufacturing sectors.

The main advantages of the developed ontology are to:
(i) Clarify information understanding across multiple perspectives
(ii) Provide flexible approaches to information sharing across systems
(iii) Provide the ability to readily configure "common" business knowledge bases
(iv) Provide a migration path towards interoperable standards across a broadly based manufacturing scope.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: information technology companies

Specific field of activity: industrial sectors

Role of the sought partner: Companies are expected to set up the developed ontology to offer to their customers a high quality solution to their customers by increasing the interoperability of their systems


Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
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Technology Keywords:
01003001 Advanced Systems Architecture
01003006 Computer Software
01003008 Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
01003013 Information Technology/Informatics