Abstract- Production systems will become increasingly complex to handle flexible business processes and systems. Engineering systems and tools from several sources have to cooperate for building agile component-based systems. While there are ap-proaches for the technical integration of component-based in-dustrial automation systems, there is only little work on the ef-fective and efficient integration of engineering tools and systems along the automation systems lifecycle. In this paper we intro-duce the concept of the “Automation Service Bus ” (ASB) based on technical and semantic integration concepts for general soft-ware engineering tools and systems. Based on real-world use cases from automation systems engineering we discuss the state of the art, innovation benefits and limitations of the ASB con-cept, and derive research issues for further work. Key words: Systems integration, component-based systems, production automation systems
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