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A Model Management and Integration Platform for Mechatronics Product Development
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0889-5190
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Mechatronics development requires the close collaboration of various specialist teams and engineering disciplines. Developers from the different disciplines use domain-specific tools to specify and analyse the system of interest. This leads to different views of the system, each targeting a specific audience, using that audience’s familiar language, and concentrating on that audience’s concerns. Successful system development requires that the views of all developers produced by the different tools are well integrated into a whole, reducing any risks of inconsistencies and conflicts in the design information specified.

This thesis discusses techniques of managing and integrating the views from various disciplines, taking better advantage of multidisciplinary, model-based, development. A Model Data Management (MDM) platform that generically manages models from the various domain-specific tools used in development is presented. The platform is viewed as a unification of the management functionalities typically provided by the discipline-specific PDM and SCM systems. The unification is achieved by unifying the kind of objects it manages – models. View integration is considered as an integral functionality of this platform.

In demonstrating the platform’s feasibility, a generic version management functionality of models is implemented. In addition, model integration is investigated for the allocation of system functions onto the implementing hardware architecture. The proposed approach promotes the independent development of the views, allowing developers from each discipline to work concurrently, yet ensuring the completeness, correctness and analysis of any inter-view design decisions made.

The prototype MDM platform builds on existing technologies from each of the mechanical and software disciplines. The proposed MDM system is built based on a configurable PDM system, given its maturity and ability to manage model contents appropriately. At the same time, the version control functionality borrows ideas from the fine-grained version control algorithms in the software discipline.

The platform is argued to be feasible given the move towards model-based development in software engineering, bringing the discipline’s needs closer to those of the hardware discipline. This leads the way for an easier and more effective integrated management platform satisfying the needs of both disciplines using a common set of mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2006. , xii, 54 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2006:03
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3859ISBN: 91-7178-268-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-3859DiVA: diva2:9738
Public defence
2006-03-03, Sal F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00
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Note
QC 20110124Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. A Tool Integration Platform for Multi-Disciplinary Development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Tool Integration Platform for Multi-Disciplinary Development
2005 (English)In: EUROMICRO-SEAA 2005: 31st EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, Proceedings, Los Alamitos: IEEE COMPUTER SOC , 2005, 442-449 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In multi-disciplinary development, where various domain specific tools are used by developers to specify and analyse a system, efficient system development requires that the models produced by these tools are well integrated into a whole, reducing any risks of inconsistencies and conflicts in the design information specified In this paper we present an architecture for a model and tool integration platform that borrows its major components from well known and accepted standards from both computer and mechanical engineering. The architecture supports model integration, where models defined in different tools for different aspects of the same system are related such that they may share and exchange data. The integration platform also enables model management functionalities on a fine-grained level, suggesting a combination of the functionalities found in traditional data management systems such as product data management (PDM) and software configuration management (SCM).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Los Alamitos: IEEE COMPUTER SOC, 2005
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5381 (URN)10.1109/EUROMICRO.2005.10 (DOI)000232368700051 ()2-s2.0-33747449542 (Scopus ID)0-7695-2431-1 (ISBN)
Conference
31st EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications Oporto, PORTUGAL, AUG 30-SEP 03, 2005
Note
QC 20110121Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved
2. Towards a Multi-View Modelling Environment for Mechatronics Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Multi-View Modelling Environment for Mechatronics Systems
2005 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 80 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2005:24
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5382 (URN)KTH/MMK/R-05/24-SE (ISRN)
Note
QC 20110121Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved
3. Model Data Management – Towards a common solution for PDM/SCM systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Model Data Management – Towards a common solution for PDM/SCM systems
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the 12th international workshop on Software configuration management, 2005, 17-32 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Software Configuration Management and Product Data Managementsystems have been developed independently, but recently the need to integrate them to support multidisciplinary development environments has been recognised.Due to the difference in maturity levels of these disciplines, integrationefforts have had limited success in the past. This paper examines how the move towards model-based development in software engineering is bringing the discipline closer to hardware development, permitting a tighter integration of theirdata management systems. An architecture for a Model Data Management systemthat supports model-based development is presented. The system aims togenerically handle the models produced by the different tools during the development of software-intensive, yet multidisciplinary, products. The proposed architecturebuilds on existing technologies from the mature discipline of mechanical engineering, while borrowing new ideas from the software domain.

National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5383 (URN)2-s2.0-34547482217 (Scopus ID)
Conference
SCM 2005, September 5-6, 2005, Lisbon, Portugal.
Note
QC 20110121Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved
4. The Version Control Algorithm Implementation in the Model Data Management (MDM) Platform
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Version Control Algorithm Implementation in the Model Data Management (MDM) Platform
2005 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 27 bl. p.
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5384 (URN)KTH/MMK/R-05/27-SE (ISRN)
Note
QC 20110124Available from: 2006-02-23 Created: 2006-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-24Bibliographically approved

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