An Operating System for Cloud Manufacturing (OSCM)

Ricardo Toro Santamaira, Placid M. Ferreira

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Factory technologies have evolved to incorporate a great deal of manufacturing flexibility. Programmable automation in the form of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and (Programmable Logic Control (PLC) coupled with hardware and process innovations (quick-change tooling, for example) enable a high level of shop-floor flexibility. Possibly, the most inflexible part of a factory is the manufacturing information system. In this paper, we develop an approach to a flexible and extendible architecture for shopfloor information systems. The Operating System for Cloud Manufacturing (OSCM) is a full-stack, distributed platform that tracks and facilitates the interaction between manufacturing jobs and resources (physical machines, humans or software apps). It uses an event-based architecture and a message exchange/broker to enable flexible and configurable distribution of to capture, distribute, curate and store information about shop floor events. The event-based architecture makes it easy to provide context to data emanating from the shop floor, while the message broker gives it flexibility, scalability and extendibility. This paper describes the architecture of the operating system and its services. Further, it demonstrates how shop-floor data can be flexibly routed to manufacturing apps that need it before drawing up conclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFlexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publicationEstablishing Bridges for More Sustainable Manufacturing Systems - Proceedings of FAIM 2023
EditorsFrancisco J. Silva, Luís Pinto Ferreira, José Carlos Sá, Maria Teresa Pereira, Carla M.A. Pinto
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783031381645
StatePublished - 2024
Event32nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2023 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: Jun 18 2023Jun 22 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


Conference32nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2023


  • Cloud Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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