Communications Network for Manufacturing Applications


CNMA - 2617

Keywords communications standards, integration, multivendor environments, networks, open systems, PLCs


Start Date: 01-DEC-88 / Duration: 30 months

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Objectives and Approach

This project continued the work on CNMA initiated under ESPRIT project 955. Phases 1 to 3 of the project achieved the CNMA objectives of specifying, implementing, validating and promoting emerging communications standards, and placed its participants in an internationally competitive position.

This project covered the extension of the project into Phase 4 of the programme. During this phase MMS, Directory Service and FTAM industrial communications protocols were addressed, together with the associated application interfaces. Original work was performed on an intelligent network management system. The project also addressed enhanced performance architectures and the protocol gateways necessary to solve user migration problems.

These developments were applied to two types of manufacturing environment. An experimental pilot free from the pressures of a manufacturing facility was used for the first application of the communication developments. Further validation has been achieved by the application of the communication software to real production facilities at Aerospatiale and Magneti Marelli.

The Phase 4 workplan included:

By their participation in the project the partners have ensured a high level of European expertise in this rapidly evolving and vital area of CIM development. The CIM users are able to make informed choices on the evolution of their own internal communication systems whilst the IT vendors are able to ensure that international agreements on communications protocols are rapidly incorporated into commercial products.

Exploitation

As in its previous phases, the project exerted a strong European influence on the evolution of international standards for factory communications, particularly via national participation in ISO TC184.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Martin Wing
BRITISH AEROSPACE PLC
Guild Centre (13th floor)
UK - PRESTON PR1 1RE
tel: + 44/ 772-204-090
fax: + 44/ 772-205-141
telex: 67616

Participants

BRITISH AEROSPACE PLC - UK - C
AERITALIA - I - P
BULL SA - F - P
CEGELEC PROJECTS LTD - UK - P
SIEMENS-NIXDORF
INFORMATIONSSYSTEME AG (SNI) - D - P
OLIVETTI INFORMATION SERVICES
RICERCA SCPA - I - P
ROBOTIKER - E - P
ALCATEL TITN - F - P
UNIVERSITÄT STUTTGART - D - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
RENAULT AUTOMOBILES - F - P
MAGNETI MARELLI SPA - I - P
FRAUNHOFER INSTITUT FÜR
INFORMATIONS UND DATENVERARB. - D - P
AEROSPATIALE - F - P
COMCONSULT COMMUNICATION
TECHNOLOGIES - D - A
UNIVERSIDADE DE PORTO - P - A
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE
DE LAUSANNE - CH - A


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CNMA - 2617, December 1993


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