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FLUID-WIN Brochure Published in Seven Languages
FLUID-WIN Session at the I-ESA Conference in Berlin
Contributions to Book of the AITPL Project Cluster
Report available on 'New Business Process Specifications'
FLUID-WIN participates in the Annual Logistic Congress of MLBKT (Hungary)
Guidelines for Full Field Study ready for download
AITPL Forum organized in Milan (Italy) on June 28, 2006
Full field study started with Technical Committee meeting in Reggio Emilia
Project started with work meeting
|FLUID-WIN Brochure Published in Seven Languages|
The FLUID-WIN brochure is now available for download in seven European languages. Any distribution is free and very welcome. ( more)
|FLUID-WIN Session at the I-ESA Conference in Berlin|
FLUID-WIN has organised a session with four presentations at the 4th international Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Software and Applications (I-ESA) in Berlin (Germany), 26.-28. March 2008. This session showed the expected benefits from achieving interoperability among manufacturing networks and related logistics/ financial services, proposed a new business process model for the required interoperability, explained a software platform that supports the related processes and also discussed trust as one of the major barriers and preconditions to gain such interoperability. Details are to be found in the section documents.
A project brochure is now available in English language, that explains the project in general, and for the three domains (logistics, finance, manufacturing).
|Contributions to Book of the AITPL Project Cluster|
FLUID-WIN has contributed to a book of the AITPL cluster:
Markus Rabe and Peter Mihok
New Technologies for the Intelligent Design and Operation of Manufacturing Networks
Stuttgart: IRB 2007
The book was edited and prepared by the FLUID-WIN project, and is available online at the cluster's web site AITPL Cluster.
|Report available on 'New Business Process Specifications'|
The project has published a report ("D13 New Business Process Specifications") that describes the conceptual approach behind the FLUID-WIN B2(B2B) Business Process Model in detail, especially the relations between the cross-discipline processes. The major targets of this concept are to suit as a framework, to enable the required features of the platform and to provide reference classes for the description of the domains’ interfaces. The FLUID-WIN B2(B2B) Business Process Model is using the Integrated Enterprise Modelling Method (IEM) and MO²GO as the modelling tool which implements IEM. The model contains all the various aspects of the new approach in a unique form. The B2(B2B) model comprises services, functionalities and methods.
Services define the typical and ideal workflow of the benefits driven or provided by business service providers to other business partners, namely the interactions with their clients from the first contact to the final activity within a value network. Services are under the responsibility of the service providers such as Logistic Service Providers (LSP) or Financial Service Providers (FSP). FLUID-WIN will in the first approach incorporate two logistic services (Transportation, Warehousing) and two financial services (Invoice Discounting, Factoring).
Services include workflows that are cross-organizational and cover the processes that operate on the platform as well as the various processes operated at the companies that are involved in the concrete service. The companies’ internal processes are often supported by the functionalities of the local legacy systems. For the support of cross-organizational and cross-disciplinary services the platform has to establish new functionalities for its own processes.
Thus, Functionalities define the workflow within the FLUID-WIN Platform. They describe how the FLUID-WIN Platform supports the service workflow. The analysis of the services has led to the definition of 13 functionalities that are required to offer the selected logistic and financial services.
Obviously, the service workflows and all the functionalities are highly interrelated within the B2(B2B) model. Furthermore, they cover the (central) platform as well as the (decentralized) processes at users’ site, address different branches and – even more critical – different disciplines. Therefore, a very clear definition of the objects used in this environment is an important prerequisite. This is done by establishing a specific ontology, which is closely related to the IEM-based B2(B2B) Business Process Model and forms the base for the services, the functionalities, and the definition of the later detailed methods that are required to implement the functionalities. The ontology is partially based on the SCOR Model (8.0 Level 3) and xCBL (XML Common Business Library), and defines in detail the categories Action (including essential items such as plan, source, make and deliver), Order, Resource and Product.
Thereby, this report defines the prerequisites for a reference model for the implementation of the FLUID-WIN Platform, and the further specification and development of the Platform itself. Furthermore, the model described is the starting point for the instantiation and customization of the new service processes in a concrete B2(B2B) network.
|FLUID-WIN participates in the Annual Logistic Congress of MLBKT (Hungary)|
On 16, November 2006 the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management organised for the 14th time its yearly Annual Logistic Congress (MLBKT). The target of the congress was to give an overall picture about the present situation and future progressive trends in the field of procurement, supply management, logistics, production and distribution. Furthermore, it brought together experts, managers of different levels and hundreds of fellow-workers. The central topic of the congress was to present "best practices".
One of the key presentations of the congress was the first official Hungarian dissemination of the FLUID-WIN project. The presentation demonstrated FLUID-WIN’s conception, as well as the achievements of the previous project, called SPIDER-WIN, and their exemplary employment. Réka Moksony, Régens Zrt.’s (Hungarian syndicate partner of FLUID-WIN) branch manager of business development gave a lecture about strategic developments and supply chains. The MaNeM© solution provides as an example: its introduction improves considerably the efficiency of the total supply chain system in the manufacturing networks.
The presentation focused on the question of controllability of the procurement, order entry, tracking&tracing and other supplier processes in that kind of supply chains, where quick and effective business information have an effect on the competitiveness of the whole network. The concept of the presented integration platform highlighted the advantages of a common information platform, upon which players of the supply chain handle their cross-border business. This type of B2B system provides services that improve the flexibility and transparency of the supply chain.
With the outsourcing of the logistics, the logistics service providers are also affected as stakeholders. Due to the increasing financial demand of business transactions, banks, insurance companies, and factoring companies providing financial services are also drawn into the supply process. Supply chain’s extensiveness and complexity require creating a platform that integrates manufacturers and suppliers as well as logistics and financial service providers’ services. The FLUID-WIN research and development project (realized by a consortium of 11 members, partially financed by the European Commission) is based on this conception. In this project members of the consortium map a virtual multi-domain supply network. The new FLUID-WIN platform elaborated with extended targets and new technical solutions will provide for the suppliers and clients in the supply chains that kind of services that may improve the supplier’s competitiveness and enables them to provide higher quality, customized services for their clients, thus improving their satisfaction and confidence.
By presenting the best practice the presentation focused on the topic: how can industrial players utilize the results of the international research projects and form them into real competitive advantage. The presentation emphasized their economic advantages and presented the Hungarian companies’ (manufacturers, suppliers, logistics and financial service providers) opportunities for utilizing the project’s results as well as engaging in further projects. Réka Moksony highlighted the importance of the involvement of industrial players into international research projects. They can engage in the programmes by introducing innovative solutions in early stages, even in the test-phase, or joining as partners. Régens, cooperating with members of FLUID-WIN consortium, wishes to adapt the results of development projects. Not incidentally during her speech she underlined that the results of the European research projects have direct valuable effect on improving the companies' business practises.
|Guidelines for Full Field Study ready for download|
As the base for the full field study (see project summary), the project has prepared guidelines, schemas and template models. This information is publically available as deliverable D04.
|AITPL Forum organized in Milan (Italy) on June 28, 2006|
The FLUID-WIN project has supported the "Ambient Intelligence Technologies for the Product Life Cycle" (AITPL) project cluster, by organizing a forum in Milan on 28th June 2006. The forum was attached to the ICE'06 conference. The forum presented recent and planned work of the cluster projects, and identified future research for AITPL in Europe. A book will be published in autumn 2006, based on the forum.
|Full field study started with Technical Committee meeting in Reggio Emilia|
All partners of the FLUID-WIN project met in Reggio Emilia on March 8/9, 2006, for the first Technical Committee meeting. The meeting, which included a visit to the manufacturing and logistics at the partner Lombardini, was the start of the full field study. This study is going to analyse the as-is-situation as well as the potentials of FLUID-WIN use within the partner companies, and further companies associated by subcontracts, or related to partner companies and interested in the project.
|Project started with work meeting|
The FLUID-WIN project has started by 1st January 2006. After preparation by Fraunhofer IPK, team work was started at a work meeting of the R&D partners. The meeting took place in Berlin, Germany, at 14-16 January 2006.
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