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Emplacement Concept

Emplacement Concept is descriptive grand total as representation of a technical entity that integrates all aspects together with relation to geometrical, mechanical and functional point of view. Emplacement Concept represents a comprehensive description of all aspects of a module functionality including all implications from product side, from process side and from interaction with other modules.

The format of all files bases on XML and are standardised with XML Schemas. Information is stored into single location and used and viewed in many. As example the human readable documentation of a Emplacement or Blue Print can be generated on fly upon the request. This ensures that the information remains always valid and e.g. documentation is not becoming obsolete.

Files and objects associated with Emplacement Concept.
Fig.1: Files and objects associated with Emplacement Concept.


The Emplacement file is an electronic specification of a collection of similar kind of modules as a meta-module and the content of these files are controlled by the User Group promoting and developing the technology. The emplacement offers the standardisation and harmonisation over the content of a module, but it always remains at higher abstraction and generalisation levels than a hardware module and its associated BP file. The Emplacement file presents all the available interfaces, specifies the processes present, and the names of the offered properties. In other words Emplacement specifies the standardised minimum set of requirements and abstractions, which are fulfilled and specified later in details by the BP file. The Emplacement is composed of one or more Profiles, which contain the specifications for the modules.


The Profile is a reusable building block for module specifications. The module description i.e. BP will be instantiation of one Profile and Emplacement.

Blue Print

The Blue Print (BP) file is an electronic specification of a real implemented module i.e. virtual representation of the module and its features. The file is created and supplied by the vendor of the module and it is supposed to travel along the module throughout the module's lifetime. The very same BP file is shared by all the modules of the same type.

History Container

The History Container (HC) is the file containing the module instance specific information. It is as well created by the module provider and shall travel together with the module having even tighter relationship with it than the BP. The HC will be updated during the use of the module at important events like change of owner of the module, after test and calibration runs, usage hours, service events, etc.


  1. Siltala, N., Tuokko, R.: A web tool supporting the management and use of electronic module descriptions for Evolvable Production Systems. In Proc. of IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2010). 4-7 July 2010. Bari, Italy. pp. 2641-2646. ISBN: 978-1-4244-6391-6. DOI:10.1109/ISIE.2010.5637859. [Conference in IEEE] [ISIE2010 Home page]
  2. Siltala, N., Hofmann, A. F., Tuokko, R. & Bretthauer, G.; Emplacement and blue print - An approach to handle and describe modules for evolvable assembly systems In: 9th IFAC Symposium on Robot Control, SYROCO '09, Nagaragawa Convention Center, September 9-12, 2009, Gifu, Japan; pp. 183-188. DOI:10.3182/20090909-4-JP-2010.00017.
    [Paper online from IFAC]
  3. Siltala, N., Tuokko, R.: Use of Electronic Module Descriptions for Modular and Reconfigurable Assembly Systems. In Proc. of IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing (IEEE ISAM 2009). Suwon, Korea. 17-20 November 2009. pp. 214-219. DOI:10.1109/ISAM.2009.5376903.
  4. Siltala, N., Tuokko, R.: Emplacement and Blue Print - Electronic Module Description supporting Evolvable Assembly Systems Design, Deployment and Execution. In Huang, G. Q., Mak, K. L. & Maropoulos, P. G. (eds.). Proc. of 6th CIRP-sponsored International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology (DET09). Hong Kong, 14-16 December 2009. Advances in Soft Computing vol. 66, pp. 773-788. DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-10430-5_60.

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