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Inter-enterprise planning of manufacturing systems applying simulation with IPR protection

: Mertins, K.; Rabe, M.

Arai, E.:
Knowledge and skill chains in engineering and manufacturing : information infrastructure in the era of global communications : Proceedings of the IFIP TC5/WG5.3, WG5.7, WG5.12 Fifth International Working Conference of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing 2002 (DIIDM2002), November 18-20, 2002 in Osaka
New York: Springer, 2005 (International Federation for Information Processing 168)
ISBN: 0-387-23851-4
IFIP TC5 WG5.3/5.7 International Working Conference on the Design of Information Systems for Manufacturing <5, 2002, Osaka>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()

Discrete Event Simulation is a well-proved method to analyse the dynamic behaviour of manufacturing systems. However, simulation application is still poor for external supply chains or virtual enterprises, encompassing several legal entities. Most conventional simulation systems provide no means to protect intellectual property rights (IPR), nor methods to support cross-enterprise teamwork. This paper describes a solution to keep enterprise models private, but still provide their functionality for cross-enterprise evaluation purposes. Applying the new modelling system, the inter-enterprise business process is specified by the user, including a specification of the objects exchanged between the local models. The required environment for a distributed simulation is generated automatically. The mechanisms have been tested with a large supply chain model.