Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

UbiCom in production


Lenka Ivantysynova
Holger Ziekow
Oliver Günther


SAP Research Dresden


Jun 2005 - Jun 2007


We investigate application scenarios and technological requirements for RFID based data acquisition in the producing sector. Standard manufacturing systems implement a three layer architecture based on the enterprise resource planning (ERP) layer (for order planning), the manufacturing execution system (MES) layer (for factory control), and the shop floor layer (for monitoring, machine control and production data acquisition), fig. 1. Requirements on flexibility and adaptability are a strong driver for more open architectures, based on a much closer integration of ERP and MES systems with the shop floor layer. A tighter integration of production data acquisition (PDA) into the ERP enables to support fast reaction to critical situations and production planning with increased flexibility. In cooperation with SAP Research we have investigated open issues in acquisition and integration of production data.


Bild 1: Simple, pyramid architecture of data processing.

For a closer integration of ERP, MES and shop floor software, it is crucial to analyse production data acquisition technologies. Manufacturing enterprises continuously collect, store, and analyze production data such as data about the quality of the products, process data, or material consumption data. The PDA must especially be analysed in conjunction with

  • (i) its corresponding application scenarios,
  • (ii) the value which is generated from the acquired data, and
  • (iii) technical requirements regarding distribution of data and logic throughout the IT-Infrastructure.

These points directly impact which technologies for processing, storing and exchanging shop floor data are applied. With regards to the architecture, centralized data management in a master database vs. decentralized data management must be evaluated along with the impact on related business models.

Further we have cooperated with the MES software vendor MPDV Mikrolab GmbH. With their support, we conducted six case studies at production plants from different industries. Based on these results we analyze state-of-the-art as well as upcoming technologies (like RFID) and applications in production data acquisition with regards to a closer integration of shop-floor data into ERP Systems.

Selected Publications

  • O.Günther, Kletti and U. Kubach, RFID in Production, to be published 2007 by Springer.
  • O. Günther, L. Ivantysynova, M. Teltzrow and H. Ziekow, Kooperation in RFID-gestützten Wertschöpfungsnetzen, Industrie Management, 3/2006.


Lenka Ivantysynova
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik
Spandauer Straße 1
D-10178 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 2093-5730
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