Distributed Information Systems for CIM


Keywords: distributed CIM systems, CIM, balanced automation systems, concurrent engineering, multiagent systems, virtual enterprises

Start Date: 1 January 1993 / Status: finished / Duration: 36 months

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Objectivies and Approach

CIMIS.NET focuses on research and development of distributed and heterogeneous information systems with an emphasis on information integration, definition of integrated infrastructures, definition of reference models and standardisation. The aim is to exchange experiences and to approach some of the new challenges in advanced manufacturing systems. Work items include: integrating infrastructure for distributed industrial systems; distributed object-oriented information management systems; STEP/Express based modelling for engineering applications; experiments on modelling constructs for engineering applications; understanding requirements for simultaneous engineering.

European links: ESPRIT project CIM-PLATO (2202), BRITE EURAM project CIMTOFI (3653), TEMPUS and CYTED Programmes.

Progress and Results

The results obtained within CIMIS.NET have been described in two special issues of the journal "Studies in Informatics and Control" (Vol. 3, N.2-3, 1994, and the issue on Balanced Automation Systems, June 1996), a special section of the "Brazilian Journal of Mechanical Sciences" (Vol. XVI, N.3, 1994) and the proceedings of BASYS'95 and BASYS'96, published by Chapman & Hall.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

In addition to the aforementioned publications, the partners have over 45 publications by authors from the two continents in journals and international conferences. (The list of publications may be requested from the project coordinator.)

CIMIS.NET coorganised the conferences ECLA.CIM'93, ECLA'94, BASYS'95 and BASYS'96. It also organised one advanced school in Portugal, one in Brazil and two Costa Rica (November 1995, July 1995, April 1995 and September 1995 respectively) on Aspects on Computer Integrated Manufacturing -in particular Information Integration in CIM and Optimisation Techniques in CIM-, on New Technologies in the Industry Information Systems, on Simulation in Control Engineering, and on Intelligent Control Systems.

Six issues of a specific CIMIS.NET newsletter have been published.


Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia
Departamento de Engenharia Electrotecnica
Quinta da Torre
P - 2825 Monte Caparica, P

EU Partners

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, P
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, E
University of Amsterdam, NL

Non-EU Partners

Universidad de Costa Rica, CR
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, BRZ
Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, BRZ


Prof. Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
Tel: +351 1 350 02 24
Fax: +351 1 294 12 53
E-mail: cam@fct.unl.pt

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CIMIS.NET - EC-LA004, May 1997

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