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Abstracts of Papers Published in the Conference Proceedings - Section 2.2: Intelligent Supply Chain

Section 2.2: Intelligent Supply Chain
Support for Information Management in the Sales and Service Life-Cycle Phases of a One-of-a-Kind Product
K. Jansson, M. Anastasiou, G. Burger, I. Hartel, I. Karvonen, M. Ollus, J. Puttonen, P. Välikangas
SMARTISAN - A New Business Paradigm Supporting Extended Products Across the Supply Chain
A. De Oliveira, J. Fradinho Oliveira, M. De Oliveira
CREATIV: Co-Operative Product Development in a Virtual Network
M. Winkler, G. Grau
Integrating and Co-Operating with External Partners
N. Bubner, J. Kühnast
Innovative Internet-Based Process Model for PLC Software Development
G. Gadda, D. Sergiano
Advanced Infrastructure for Pan-European Collaborative Engineering
M. Bauer, H.J. Eikerling, W. Mueller, A. Pawlak, K. Siekierska, D. Soderberg, X. Warzee
HELCOM Project: An Integrated eCommerce System for SMEs in Greece
K. Markellos, P. Markellou, M. Rigou, S. Sirmakessis and A. Tsakalidis
WHALES: A Project Life-Cycle Management Application for Extended Organisations
D. Gazzotti, M. Palmirani, P. Paganelli

Support for Information Management in the Sales and Service Life-Cycle Phases of a One-of-a-Kind Product
Kim JANSSON(1), Maria ANASTASIOU(3), Gerhard BURGER(4), Ingo HARTEL(4), Iris KARVONEN(1), Martin OLLUS(1), Jari PUTTONEN(2), Pekka VALIKANGAS(2)
(1) VTTAutomation, PO Box 1301, FIN-02044 VTT Finland
(2) Fortum Engineering Ltd, Rajatorpantie 8 Vantaa, 00048 Fortum, Finland
(3) Intracom S.A. Hellenic Telecommunications & Electronics Industry, Markopoulo Ave. 190, 02 Peania, Attika, Greece
(4) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETHZ - BWI, Zurichbergstrasse 18, CH-8028 Zurich, Switzerland.

This paper describes work on supporting the sales and service life-cycle phase of one-of-e-a kind product. The IMS-Globemen "Global Engineering and Manufacturing in Enterprise Networks" project addresses the inter-enterprise integration and collaboration in a global setting. Three industrial cases are presented demonstrating work being done to enhance inter enterprise collaboration.

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SMARTISAN - A New Business Paradigm Supporting Extended Products Across the Supply Chain
Alvaro DE OLIVEIRA(1), Jorge FRADINHO OLIVERA(2). Manuel DE OLIVERA(3)
(1) Alfamicro, Alameda da Guia, no 192A, 2750-368 Cascais, Portugal
(2) Omegamedia, Alameda da Guia, no192A, 2750-368 Cascais, Portugal
(3) Computer Science Department, University College of London, WC1E 6BT, London, UK

Despite the recent developments of electronic market places, SMEs still need an affordable, integrated set of WEB tools to take advantage of the new ways of doing business in the E-Commerce environment. SMARTISAN is developing a generic XML based service to facilitate easy access and search to a range of systems, and support synchronised delivery of extended products against deadlines in the wholesale and retail sectors. This service is piloted in several varied test situations, which include food products, decorating supplies, automotive parts and rubber components. The Project supports the participation of both consumers and suppliers in the generation of a new market mediation system aiming at enhanced consumer supplier relationships. Furthermore SMARTISAN provides a Framework for Electronic Commerce implementation and a Roadmap to guide SMEs to understand and select the methodologies, tools and architectures required to implement their digital business strategy. SMARTISAN intends to accelerate and extend the digital business trends to SMEs, microcompanies and individual professionals (Artisans). Furthermore it will empower the customer with a wide choice, allowing him/her total transparency across the supply chain up to the manufacturers and access to a one "stop shop" full service.

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CREATIV: Co-Operative Product Development in a Virtual Network
Marcus WINKLER and Guido GRAU
ITV Denkendorf; Koerschtalstrasse 26, 73770 Demkendorf GERMANY

The process of product development in the textile and apparel industry usually needs several partners. These partners have to share and to communicate their ideas in a more and more efficient and time saving way. The internet technologies offer new fields for the application of a prototype (search engine) in a TRIAL project, called CREATIV. The test bed is the so-called design network including the following partners: A printing company, a designer, a colourist, an engraver and an apparel company (customer).

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Integrating and Co-Operating with External Partners
Nikolaus BUBNER and Jens KUHNAST
gedas deutschland GmbH, Pascalstr. 11, 10587 Berlin

In the context of the pilot project ,integrated Virtual Product Creation' (iViP) supported by the German BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology), 51 partners from industry and research develop software products supporting all phases of the product creation process. We present two software tools for the purposes of integration, communication and co-operation. The tool Relations is a generic checklist and configuration utility, enabling the user to collect easily all necessary information in order to set up a common communication infrastructure, i.e. data about involved applications, interchange formats, network protocols or about the partners themselves. These data, transformed into XML, are used to exchange partner information and to configure involved applications automatically. Transfer is used to exchange any kind of data of any size, structured or unstructured, including compression and hybrid encryption.

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Innovative Internet-Based Process Model for PLC Software Development
Gianni GADDA(1) and Donato SERGIANO(2)
(1) DemoCenter XC. a r.l., Viale Virgilio 55, 41100 Modena, Italy
(2) Sata s.r.l., Via Notari 103, 41100 Modena, Italy

The paper proposes a new way of working, supported by proper software tools, able to involve the different typologies of industrial automation users: PLC (and control systems, in general) hardware suppliers, PLC software suppliers, PLC end users. The new process model relies on the Internet use representing a virtual place where offers and demands can meet and the above mentioned users can reciprocally communicate their own experiences and their own offers. This virtual place should particularly enhance software co-design and co-development among different PLC software suppliers and end users through the adoption of standard methodologies, languages and tools, based on the IEC 113 l-3 standard, that are being tuned within the European Project EPOMAT IST-1999-20278 (Evaluating the Performance of an Object oriented Modelling bAsed on interneT).

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Advanced Infrastructure for Pan-European Collaborative Engineering
M. Bauer(1), H.J.Eikerling(2), W. Mueller(3), A. Pawlak(4,5), K. Siekierska(5), D. Soderberg(6), X. Waxzee(7)
(1) Ifineon Technologies, Munich, Germany
(20 Siemens Business Services, Paderborn, Germany
(3) Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany
(4) Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland
(5) Institute of Electron Technology, Warsaw, Poland
(6) FTL Systems UK Ltd, Southampton, UK
(7) Thales Optronique, Paris, France

This article presents challenges, visions, and preliminary solutions for a true Pan-European collaborative engineering infrastructure that is a target of the IST project E-COLLEG. The consortium aims at the definition of a transparent infrastructure that will enable engineers from various domains to collaborate during the design of complex heterogeneous systems. In this context, we introduce an advanced collaborative infrastructure (ACI). AC1 covers dynamic Tool Registration and Management Services (TRMS) for distance-spanning, tool integration and administration, as well as open interfaces for XML-based dam exchange. TRMS will constitute a backbone for E-COLLEG-related pan-European collaborative research and engineering studies by fostering a combination of most recent Plug-and-Play techniques employing agent-based communication based on XML-oriented integration technologies. This new enabling technology for collaborative engineering is validated in two application scenarios.


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HELCOM Project: An Integrated eCommerce System for SMEs in Greece
Konstantinos MARKELLOS, Penelope MARKEILLOU, Maria RIGOU, Spiros SIRMAKESSIS, Athanasios TSAKALIDIS
University of Patras, Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, Multimedia, Graphics and GIS Lab, 26500 Patras, Greece

This paper addresses the issues relating to the business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) scenarios that have been implemented within the framework of a research project entitled "'HELCOM - Hellenic Electronic COMmerce ". The project aimed at providing insight to businesses and especially to SMEs, which want to take advantage of electronic commerce opportunities, by helping them design and implement efficient web strategies. Our main goal is to develop methods for creating successful B2C and B2B electronic stores. One of the most important factors of the approach is the easy customisation of the implemented modules to different kinds of companies (e.g. spinning mills, raisin house, etc.). Moreover, the effectiveness of the electronic stores (e.g. usable presentation and navigation) is also under consideration.

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WHALES: A Project Life-Cycle Management Application for Extended Organisations
Davide Gazzotti, Monica Palmirani, Paolo Paganelli
Gruppo Formula Spa, Via Matteotti, S 40055 Villanova di Castenaso (BO), Italy,

The main goal of WHALES is to provide a planning and management infrastructure for complex distributed organizations working as virtual enterprises on large-scale engineering projects. The WHALES architecture is a multi-tired, multi-layered system that will easily integrate with existing applications that execute the intra-company processes at each node of the network: WHALES will not replace those applications, but will functionally link the different companies involved the project to support and enhance the inter-company processes that take place in such project management scenarios. WHALES offers a web-based project environment and a rich set of functionalities that will improve the virtual organisation, in order to achieve faster and most effective results in the whole project life-cycle.

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