Smart Production

Funding: Internal
Project Duration: March 2013 - December 2015
Project Budget: 12.000 Euro

How to integrate manufacturing data during production into the products for building up a digital product memory that enables reasoning about the status of the production line? An artificial memory for products makes it possible to get information about the product, the manufacturing process and the status of machines involved in this process. Especially, data that gives information of the conditions in which the products get produced can represent an enormous utility for all entities of the whole product life cycle from the production and the transport up to usage through the end-consumer. The connections of product and manufacturing knowledge makes it possible to get information about the used materials, machines and production processes of one product instance which are by far more detailed as information gained from Enterprise-Ressource-Planning (ERP)-Systems. Even after leaving the production facility. For instance, the saved data can contribute in manufacturing to efficiently analyze and correct production fault.

Auslesen eines Produktgedächtnisses einer Tasse Requesting product memory of a cup (source: Beicher, J. , 2013)

Furthermore, important knowledge can be gained about the state of the whole shop floor through processing information of the manufacturing process of several products. These aspects lead to immense challenges concerning the huge amount of data that arises through aggregation of product information. By means of parallel, distributed algorithms like Map/Reduce, an efficient analysis of massive product data is possible.

Analyse von massenhaften Fertigungsdaten zur Bestimmung des Zustands der Fertigungsstrasse Analysis of massive production data to determine the status of the shop floor (Source: Berres, M., 2013)


  • Beicher, J., "Einbettung, Verarbeitung und Kommunikation von prozeduralem Fertigungswissen im Produktgedächtnis", Bachelor Thesis, 2013.
  • Berres, M., "Nebenläufige Analyse von massenhaften Fertigungsdaten in digitalen Produktgedächtnissen zur Generierung von Schlussfolgerungen", Bachelor Thesis, 2013.

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Aruväli, T., Maass, W., Otto, T.

Digital Object Memory Based Monitoring Solutions in Manufacturing Processes, 24th DAAAM International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing and Automation, 2014 , pp. 449-458.

Maass, W., Kowatsch, T., Janzen, S., Varshney, U.

A Natural Language Technology-enhanced Mobile Sales Assistant for In-store Shopping Situations, 19th European Conf. on Information Systems (ECIS 2011), 2011.
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Maass, W., Filler, A., Janzen, S. & Kowatsch, T.

Towards a Transition to Tangible Commerce: Design and Evaluation of Conversational Product Interfaces, 4th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (DEST), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2010.
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Janzen, S., Kowatsch, T., Maass, W. & Filler, A.

Linkage of Heterogeneous Knowledge Resources within In-store Dialogue Interaction, 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2010), Shanghai, China, 2010.
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Kowatsch, T., Maass, W., Filler, A. & Janzen, S.

Knowledge-based Bundling of Smart Products on a Mobile Recommendation Agent, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Mobile Business (ICMB). IEEE Computer Society Press. Barcelona, Spain, 2008.
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Maass, W. & Varshney, U.

Preface to the Focus Theme Section: 'Smart Products' , Electronic Markets, 2008, 18(3), pp. 211-215.
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Janzen, S. & Maass, W.

Smart Product Description Object (SPDO), Poster Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS2008), Saarbrücken, 2008.
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Janzen, S. & Maass, W.

CoRA - Interactive Communication with Smart Products, Workshop AmI Blocks at the European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-08), Nürnberg, 2008.
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Maass, W.

A Tentative Design Model for Smart Products, Proc. of Workshop Design of Smart Products, Furtwangen , 2007.
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Maass, W. & Filler, A.

Tip 'n Tell: Product-Centered Mobile Reasoning Support for Tangible Shopping , Proc. of MSWFB 2007: Making Semantics Work For Business, part of 1st European Semantic Technology Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2007.
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Maass, W. & Janzen, S.

Dynamic Product Interfaces: A Key Element for Ambient Shopping Environments , Proc. of 20th Bled eConference, Bled, Slovenia, 2007.
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Maass, W. & Lampe, M.

Koschke, R. & Rödiger, K.-H. (ed.)
Integration of Standardized and Non-Standardized Product Data , Informatik 2007, Lecture Notes in Informatics, Springer, 2007.
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Maass, W., Filler, A. & Janzen, S.

Reasoning on Smart Products in Consumer Good Domains, Workshop AmI Blocks at the European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI-07) , Darmstadt, 2007.

Filler, A. & Maass, W.

Maass, W.; Schoder, D.; Stahl, F.; Fischbach, K. (ed.)
Towards Navigation in Semantically Annotated Physical Product Descriptions, Design of Smart Products, 2006, pp. 47-54.