The case for unified process management in smart manufacturing

Jonnro Erasmus, Irene Vanderfeesten, Konstantinos Traganos, Paul Grefen

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Business process management is often deployed to improve enterprise integration, but its impact is yet to reach manufacturing operations. We propose the concept of unified process management that facilitates integration between business management and manufacturing operations. The proposition is presented as an updated enterprise architecture for computer integrated manufacturing, converged around a centralized process management system. The process management system can orchestrate both business and operations activities by issuing work items to humans and robots connected via the internet-of-things. We present a realization of such a process management system and evaluate the proposition with an industrial case study. The results support the unification of process management as an enabler of smart manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 22nd International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2018
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4139-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4140-8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2018
Event22nd IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference (EDOC 2018) - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 16 Oct 201819 Oct 2018
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference (EDOC 2018)
Abbreviated titleIEEE EDOC 2018


  • manufacturing operations
  • process management
  • smart factory


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