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Software Toolkit for Development of Interoperable Communications in Data-driven Systems

Kannisto, P., Kätkytniemi, A., Vilkko, M. & Hästbacka, D., "Software Toolkit for Development of Interoperable Communications in Data-driven Systems", in 17th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (accepted for presentation), 2021.
INCOM 2021, Online, - - https://incom2021.org/

Keywords: Message-oriented Middleware, Systems Integration, Service-oriented Architecture, Loose Coupling, Scalability, Industrial Cyber-physical Systems, Copper Smelting, Steel Production, Online Life Cycle Assessment


The ease of software development, maintenance, commissioning and reconfiguration is paramount in industrial systems, because these must be adaptable to changes in customer demand and the evolution of production assets. Such adaptations are a core motivator in the fourth industrial revolution. Additionally, software applications should be able to communicate over the logical and geographical borders of production plants, regardless of software platforms and vendors. However, these issues remains unaddressed in current software tools, although a solution is reachable with a proper software toolkit. As a solution, this article introduces such a toolkit to support the development of industrial software systems. The toolkit implements a communication stack with both a communication protocol and an information model. The long-term goal is to enable all communication in industrial plants with such a toolkit regardless of software products, vendors and platforms. Additionally, the toolkit provides auxiliary tools to help in the development of industrial software, such as services to provide historical data for simulation purposes. As an outcome, the toolkit provides insight about the development needs of industrial communications.