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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ETFA 2009 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Here’s the agenda for the WIP-5:

Chairs: Joaquín Ezpeleta and Rei Itsuki

Room A-13, 9:00 - 11:00, Friday September 25th




Title / Authors



Consideration for Efficient RFID Information Retrieval in Traceability System
Rei Itsuki, Atsushi Fujita



RFID tuning methodology applied on airport baggage tracking
Carlos Jacinto, Mário Romano, Ana Montes, Pedro Sousa, Mário Nunes



Using CloudRFID middleware for fuel supply control of vehicles fleets
Leonardo A. Amaral, Fabiano P. Hessel, Eduardo A. Bezerra, Jerônimo C. Corrêa, Oliver B. Longhi, Thiago F. Dias



Exploring an Open-loop RFID Implementation in the Automotive Industry
Daniel Hellström, Mathias Wiberg



Design and Control of an Intelligent Dual-Arm Manipulator for Fault-Recovery in a Production Scenario
Jose de Gea Fernandez, Johannes Lemburg, Thomas M. Roehr, Malte Wirkus, Iliya Gurov, Frank Kirchner



High-accuracy automatic system to assemble vehicle headlamps
Javier Gamez-Garcia, Juan Gomez-Ortega, Alejandro Sanchez-Garcia, Silvia Satorres-Martinez



The Possibilities of and Limits to Detecting Incomplete Fusion via In-Process Monitoring in the Case of Laser Welding
Michael Kuhl, Paul-Michael Mickel



Business Driven Engineering for Powertrain Industry
Robert Harrison, Radmehr Monfared, Les Lee



On the development of an Agent Supported e-Manufacturing environment
Adriana Giret, Vicente Botti



An Agent-Based Approach for Automating The Disturbance Handling for Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Iman Badr, Peter Göhner



A multiagent-based system to support the decentralized collaborative decision-making process in the automobile supply chain sector
Jorge E. Hernandez, Raúl Poler, Josefa Mula, David de La Fuente



Three-View-Concept for modeling process or manufacturing plants with AutomationML
Miriam Schleipen, Rainer Drath



Factory Monitoring and Control with Mixed Hardware/Software, Discrete/Continuous Models
Paul Maier, Martin Sachenbacher

After the conference I’ll post the paper (probably here). A deeper article will be presented in Carlos Jacinto’s Master of Science thesis, the work that has influenced most of this WIP paper. This thesis will be presented pretty soon, and will be announced here as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A not-so-usual porting: XDepend

Normally this works the other way: from Java to .NET. But this time it worked the other way around. NDepend, a cool code analysis tool has been ported to the evil brother side as XDepend.

Here’s an old review I posted about NDepend.

Hope this will the start of a bigger trend – except from IDEs, tools and libs normally goes from Java to .NET world.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

MEMOVRN: Memory overrun on BizTalk RFID

Oops, we’ve preparing a staging environment for a RFID project and BizTalk 2009 devices stopped responding, claiming a memory overrun error:

  49|  Error|091509 17:53:43|Intermec|Intermec.RFID.Middleware.DSPI.IntermecDeviceException: BRI returned H0C210555555555552202271F 1 MEMOVRN

We finally found out the problem: on the device we changed the server IP address, and it kept changing back to the original one:


Yeap, we changed it over and over again, and it kept restoring the original value. Strangely enough we had to write it directly on the file system on:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk RFID\Providers\Intermec\Devices

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


.Net is running on iPhone: MonoTouch. I have to get an iPhone…

But I have to ask: is .Net success on other platforms really helping Microsoft? It really is, not only by maintaining the .NET share but also by helping to remind us how strong this platform is.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

ETFA2009 presentation - RFID tuning methodology applied on airport baggage tracking



RFID tuning methodology

applied on airport baggage tracking


Carlos Jacinto, Mário Romano
Ana Montes, Pedro Sousa
Link, Av. Duque Ávila 23, 1000 Lisboa
carlos.jacinto@link.pt, mario.romano@link.pt ana.montes@link.pt, pedro.sousa@link.pt

Mário Serafim Nunes
Instituto Superior Técnico
Rua Alves Redol, 1000 Lisboa


From Setember 22 to 26 link will be present at the international conference ETFA’2009 - Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, in Maiorca, Spain. The ETFA conference series is the prime, and largest, IEEE event dedicated to factory automation and emerging technologies in industrial automation. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the industry and academia and provide them with a platform to report on recent advances and developments in the newly emerging areas of technology, as well as actual and potential applications to industrial and factory automation.


Figure 1 – Flight Baggage Dashboard

Under the theme “RFID tuning methodology applied on airport baggage tracking”, I will present results taken from the Project “Dumbo” (“Demonstrador Universal de Monitorização de Bagagens e Operações” – “Operations and Baggage Monitoring Universal Demonstrator”). This project uses RFID technology to monitor in real-time baggage and operations between airports, airliners and ground operators, allowing the assessment of the SLAs (Service Level Agreements) agreed upon the intervenient players.


Figure 2 – Service Level Agreements

The project has an end-to-end travel perspective over 3 airports: at the departure airport, monitoring RFID equipment is used from check-in desks along pre-defined baggage circuits up to the airplane cargo entrance; at the arrival airport, RFID equipment is used from airplane cargo doors up to customs exit.

This paper presents an RFID equipment tuning and configuration methodology developed during the project. The lack of adequate tooling on the market presented the opportunity to build the tool used to select the best solutions and to collect the information presented on this paper.


Figure 3 – RFIDAntennaTuner output


Figure 4 – RSSI for different power combinations

Please follow this link for this post in my company’s site.

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