Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Assembling Workflow Applications in the SM Platform

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Assembling Workflow Applications in the SM Platform

The SMLC has tested the feasibility of an applications architecture for constructing customizable real-time data driven modeling applications as composable apps, assembled, scheduled and managed in a workflow framework.  Testing was based on multiple industry test beds and operational objectives across discrete, batch and continuous manufacturing structures and a range of existing data management and modeling tools that would be used to build an application. 

To the right illustrates this fundamental design premise that all in-production, data driven modeling and simulation-based applications are decomposable into individual apps that can be reassembled. Individual apps can include data management, analysis and predictive modeling and simulation routines, performance metrics and distributed dashboards. Complex apps like reduced order modeling and integrated performance metrics can, themselves, be assembled from toolkits. The SMLC has tested the premise of the apps shown in the diagram for a range of applications spanning control and optimization at the sensor and actuator layer, tradeoff and risk management within a decision support layer and variability planning and reduction at a supply chain layer. Reduced order modeling applied to real-time applications has proven to be particularly important.

The SM Platform provides a standardized architecture that promotes very rapid, low cost development of compatible Apps by numerous third parties, while maintaining consistency and security for individual users and the basic operating system. What sets the SM Platform apart from the smartphone and application “Apps” store platform offered by Apple and Google, is the real-time data management, modeling, and performance metric Apps that can be assembled into a workflow to inform real-time management decisions. The content and open architecture of the SM Platform will allow manufacturers to evaluate and assemble a combination of controls, models, and KPIs into a system with the appropriate scope and degree of rigor for their company, regardless of industry or organization size.