Domain-specific modeling in industrial automation: Challenges and experiences

Authors Michael Moser
Michael Pfeiffer
Josef Pichler
Editors Anil R. Nair
Herbert Prähofer
Alois Zoitl
Raoul Jetley
Alpana Dubey
Atul Kumar
Title Domain-specific modeling in industrial automation: Challenges and experiences
Booktitle Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Modern Software Engineering Methods for Industrial Automation (MoSEMInA 2014)
Type in proceedings
ISBN 978-1-4503-2851-7
Month May/June
Year 2014
Pages 42-51
SCCH ID# 1410

Domain-specific modeling promises to close the gap between an application domain and a solution domain. As such it enables domain experts to directly model an application by means of a domain-specific language and to fully generate a final software product from the models. The advantages of domain-specific modeling have been demonstrated from several industrial case studies in various domains. However, domain-specific modeling is rarely applied in industrial automation.  We have designed and developed two DSM solutions in the domains of injection molding machines and robot welding in order to enable domain experts to directly program in both domains without detailed software development expertise. In this paper we present two DSM tools, discuss challenges and experiences during design and development of both tools and draw some general insights about adapting DSM for industrial automation.