Collaborative production using dynamic manufacturing networks for SME's

José Ferreira, João Sarraipa, Carlos Agostinho, Fernando Gigante, Maria Jose Nunez, Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves

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Frequently, in order to remain competitive with big corporations, small companies have the need to be more dynamic, adapt to new business situations, react faster, and therefore survive in today's global economy. To achieve that, SMEs normally seek to create consortiums, thus gaining access to new and more opportunities. However, this strategy may also result in different complications. One way to support this situations to enable the development of dynamic manufacturing networks through the use of common collaboration platforms. With them, SMEs can be supported in the choice of partners, and specific technical enablers provided to prevent difficulties such as interoperability issues. Software or domain adaptors are therefore proposed as the conceptual 'glue' that allow companies to share their information with the platform, avoiding interoperability problems. This paper customizes and validates a platform that support the DMN creation (the IMAGINE i-platform (, while using service interoperability and knowledge alignment concepts to specify and describe the specific adapters required for different industrial domains.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation: Engineering Responsible Innovation in Products and Services (ICE 2014)
EditorsS. Terzi, B. Katzy, S. Cunninghman
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-4735-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE 2014 - Bergamo, Italy
Duration: 23 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameInternational ICE Conference on Engineering Technology and Innovation
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISSN (Electronic)2334-315X


Conference2014 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE 2014


  • Dynamic Manufacturing Networks
  • Information Systems Interoperability
  • Integration Blueprint
  • Knowledge Alignment
  • Service-Oriented Architecture


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