Cross-disciplinary Engineering with AutomationML and SysML

Abstract

AutomationML (AML) is an emerging standard in the automation domain to represent and exchange artifacts between heterogeneous engineering tools used in different disciplines, such as mechanical and electrical engineering. The Systems Modeling Language (SysML) is a modeling standard influenced by software modeling languages, such as UML, typically adopted in the early phases of engineering processes. This paper investigates commonalities and differences of the structural modeling parts of AML (CAEX) and SysML (block diagrams) in support of establishing tool-independent interoperability. This support for cross-disciplinary modeling is facilitated by a bridge between AML and SysML built on model-driven interoperability techniques. We demonstrate the interoperability between AML and SysML with a case study concerning a lab-sized production system.