Conceptual Model for Semantic Representation of Industrial Manufacturing Processes Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2010

start page

  • 595

end page

  • 612


  • 7


  • 61

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0166-3615

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-6194


  • Industrial manufacturing processes representation is a key challenge for leveraging interoperability among business partners. The Semantic representation of information enables the creation of intelligent systems, which can interpret and understand potentially automated tasks, harnessing added-value decision-making processes. Particularly, the Semantic Web can provide a cutting-edge formal representation and knowledge-driven set of technologies to enable automation of industrial manufacturing processes. This paper presents an ontology and a proof-of-concept implementation to describe the automation of decision-making processes which model human behavior, representing the interaction with the overall environment. The model is based on different situations a problem might yield and the correspondent behavioural responses which should be generated. Using the concept of ''Situation'' as the conceptual corner-stone and building block of descriptions, we discuss how semantics provides a natural knowledge representation strategy, which eases the resource-intensive process of acquiring knowledge. The validation milestones of the system come from a real-world company where the system has been in production mode for a remarkably successful time, a mechanical parts factory.


  • ontology; conceptual model; process representation; knowledge representation