Dynamic process synchronization using bpmn 2.0 to support buffering and (un)bundling in manufacturing

Konstantinos Traganos, Dillan Spijkers, Paul Grefen, Irene Vanderfeesten

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The complexity of manufacturing processes is increasing due to the production variety implied by mass customization of products. In this context, manufacturers strive to achieve flexibility in their operational processes. Business Process Management (BPM) can help integration, orchestration and automation of these manufacturing operations to reach this flexibility. BPMN is a promising notation for modeling and supporting the enactment of manufacturing processes. However, processes in the manufacturing domain include the flow of physical objects (materials and products) apart from information flow. Buffering, bundling and unbundling of physical objects are three commonly encountered patterns in manufacturing processes, which require fine-grained synchronization in the enactment of multiple process instances. Unfortunately, BPMN lacks strong support for this kind of dynamic synchronization as process instances are modeled and executed from a single, isolated point of view. This paper presents a mechanism based on BPMN 2.0 that enables process modelers to define synchronization points by using the concept of recipes. The recipe system uses a dynamic correlation scheme to control many-to-many interactions among process instances to implement required inter-instance synchronizations. We formally describe the involved BPMN patterns, implement and evaluate them in a manufacturing scenario in the high-tech media printing domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management Forum - BPM Forum 2020, Proceedings
EditorsDirk Fahland, Chiara Ghidini, Jörg Becker, Marlon Dumas
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030586379
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event18th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2020) : Workshop BPM in the era of Digital Innovation and Transformation - fully virtual conference, Sevilla, Spain
Duration: 13 Sept 202018 Sept 2020
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume392 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference18th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2020)
Abbreviated titleBPM 2020
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  • (Un)bundling
  • BPMN patterns
  • Buffering
  • Dynamic process instances synchronization
  • Manufacturing


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