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Experiences During Extraction of Variability Models for Warehouse Management Systems


Publication Details
Author(s): Fang M, Leyh G, Elsner C, Doerr J
Title edited volumes: Proceedings - Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Publication year: 2013
Conference Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 20th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2013)
Pages range: to appear
ISSN: 1530-1362

Event details
Event: 20th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2013)
Event location: Bangkok, Thailand
Start date of the event: 02/12/2013
End date of the event: 05/12/2013

Abstract

Warehouse management systems (WMS) play a critical role in supply chains and large production processes. WMS pose two crucial challenges for variability modeling and management: Firstly, the physical configuration of each warehouse differs significantly. Numerous different electronic devices like controllers, sensors, and motors are used to automate warehouses. Secondly, the processes running in a warehouse demand control and coordination of these various software and hardware components. These processes have different configurations according to customer requirements. This paper reports on our experiences when applying variability modeling techniques in WMS, in order to improve the degree of reuse and shorten the delivery time to customers. Feature modeling is used to extract commonalities and variability in WMS. More than 200 features were identified, and categorized into three hierarchical layers. Furthermore, we linked the feature models to assets, and utilize feature models to support product derivation. Then, the lessons learned from the experiences are discussed. Based on these experiences, we conclude that feature modeling can be applied nicely for scoping features and tracing features to assets, but is not comprehensive enough to support automated configuration during product derivation in WMS. © 2013 IEEE.



How to cite
APA: Fang, M., Leyh, G., Elsner, C., & Doerr, J. (2013). Experiences During Extraction of Variability Models for Warehouse Management Systems. In Proceedings of the 20th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2013) (pp. to appear). IEEE Computer Society.

MLA: Fang, Miao, et al. "Experiences During Extraction of Variability Models for Warehouse Management Systems." Proceedings of the 20th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2013), Bangkok, Thailand IEEE Computer Society, 2013. to appear.

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