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Subject: OASIS TC Call For Participation: Production Planning/Scheduling

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Production 
Planning and Scheduling (PPS) TC has been proposed by the following 
members of OASIS: Yasuyuki Nishioka, Hiroshi Kojima, and Hideichi 
Okamune, PSLX consortium; Ken Nakayama, Shinya Matsukawa, and Yukio 
Hamaguchi, Hitachi; Tomohiko Maeda and Fumiko Hagikura, Fujitsu; Naoyuki 
Nomura, Ricoh; and Hiroaki Sasaki, Akihiro Kawauchi, and Tomoichi Sato, 
Individual members.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process 
(see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to 
this message. The proposal, which includes a name, statement of purpose, 
scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language, will constitute the 
TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be clarified 
(revised) by the TC members; such clarifications (revisions), as well as 
submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning 
of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a 
member of the TC at the first meeting are that you must 1) be an 
employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of 
OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 
days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the 
TC. For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS 
collaborative tools, go to the TC's public web page at 
http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/pps and click on the button for 
"Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the 
roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become 
a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent 
to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above.

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Further information about the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover 
Pages under "Planning and Scheduling in the Manufacturing Environment" 
at http://xml.coverpages.org/aps.html

A FAQ for the TC will be available on the TC's web page.


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

Name of the Proposed TC:

OASIS Production Planning and Scheduling (PPS) TC

Statement of Purpose:

In the current manufacturing environment, shop floor management should 
be collaborated with enterprise management in order to stay current with 
the customer needs that cannot be expected and frequently changed. 
Considering this situation, production planning software in the 
enterprise level and production scheduling software in the shop floor 
level are required to be integrated.

The purpose of the OASIS Production Planning and Scheduling TC is to 
develop common object models and corresponding XML schemas for 
production planning and scheduling software, which can communicate with 
each other in order to establish collaborative planning and scheduling 
on intra and/or inter enterprises in manufacturing industries.

The goal of the TC is to make a simple and extensible specification for 
real time communications among various software applications that need 
information relative to production planning or production scheduling.

Using the common object models, decision support systems of production 
planning and scheduling in manufacturers can be implemented, reducing 
huge efforts of developing interfaces to other software applications 
that deal with dynamic information necessary for production planning and 

The common object models include business execution messages for 
collaborative planning and scheduling, components used for representing 
the business execution messages, and rules for production planning and 
scheduling software in responding the business execution messages.


This TC will focus on production planning and production scheduling 
problems in manufacturing industries. Categories of manufacturers and 
types of manufacturing processes are not restricted. In our scope, the 
production planning and scheduling problems include:

1) master production schedule (in finished product level),
2) detail production schedule (in operation level),
3) material requirement planning,
4) capacity requirement planning,
5) production order management, and
6) loading and dispatching in a shop floor.

In order to establish collaborative planning and scheduling in practice, 
the TC also deals with appropriate information that is managed by 
surrounding software applications such as customer order management, 
procurement, inventory control, product and process design, quality 
control, and so on.

The followings are out of our scope:

1) machine control and execution,
2) product models regarding specific functions,
3) algorithms or logic of planning and scheduling
4) EDI format used in particular B2B environment, and
5) messaging services and security issues applicable in general.

In the messages used among the production planning and scheduling 
applications, the following information will be basic elements and used 
to compose the message:

1) production orders for manufacturing execution
2) production items such as final products, parts and materials,
3) manufacturing resources such as machines, labors, and tools,
4) operations and events that produce some items, etc.

Therefore, one of our main targets to make a specification is to define 
core components for this problems domain and translate them to a XML 
schema representation.

The other target is addressed on specifications of interfaces that an 
application may obtain regarding its functional requirement. In our 
approach, interfaces will be simply listed according the following 

1) getting or query information,
2) setting information,
3) executing an action, etc.

These interface specifications are described as web services, and 
reactions required in a target application are defined using business 
process specification languages, both of which are discussed in other 

As a starting point, specifications published by PSLX consortium will be 
discussed as one possible contribution to the standardization process. 
The specifications of PSLX contain wide variety of information about 
planning and scheduling in manufacturing industries. Nevertheless, of 
the PSLX specifications this TC will deal only with "PSLX-04, XML 
specification for PSLX" which prescribes how to represent the production 
planning and scheduling information by XML, and how to implement the 
interfaces on computers.

List of Deliverables:

An OASIS Committee Draft, which prescribes specifications of web service 
implementation for production planning and scheduling applications, will 
be completed by September 2004. The draft is expected to contain the 
following information:

1) outlines of target applications of production planning and scheduling 
2) a list of the business execution messages for production planning and 
3) rules for an application in responding the business execution 
messages, and
4) XML schemas used for each business execution message.

Anticipated Audience:

The work of the TC will be used by system integrators and software 
vendors focusing on production planning and scheduling problems in 
manufacturing industries.

Language: Japanese

The following is informational only for the purposes of starting the TC, 
and will not be part of the TC's charter:

Similar Work:

The work of this new TC has some similarity or relation with the work of 
other existing OASIS TCs including:

- OASIS Product Life Cycle Support TC,
- OASIS Electronic Procurement Standardization TC,
- OASIS ebXML Business Process TC,
- OASIS Universal Business Language TC, and
- OASIS Web Services Business Process Execution Language TC.

Related specifications are being developed in other organizations such 
as RosettaNet, OAGI and OMG.

Since this TC is focusing on manufacturing management and control, a 
relationship with the OASIS Product Lifecycle Support (PLCS) TC will be 
considered. The PLCS TC mainly deals with product data whereas this TC 
will focus on process data of production. In describing a production 
planning and scheduling in thsi TC, a product is defined as a simple 
object that doesn't have any domain specific information and 

List of Contributions:

Technical specification PSLX-04 recommended by the PSLX 
(http://www.pslx.org) consortium will be used as one of main 
contributions to the Committee Draft.

Date of first meeting: Thursday 18th December 2003
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Type of meeting: face-to-face
Sponsor: PSLX consortium
Location: Manufacturing Science and Technology Center, 1-2-2 Atago
Minato-ku, Tokyo 150-0002 JAPAN

Anticipated Meeting Schedule:

- December 2003: (first face-to-face meeting), Working plan of TC
- March 2004: (face-to-face meeting), Table of Contents of Committee Draft
- June 2004: (teleconference meeting), First version of Contents of 
Committee Draft
- September 2004: (teleconference meeting), Final version of Committee Draft

Ongoing meeting sponsor: PSLX consortium

All face-to-face meetings will be held at Manufacturing Science and 
Technology Center, 1-2-2 Atago Minato-ku, Tokyo 150-0002 JAPAN


Yasuyuki Nishioka nishioka@k.hosei.ac.jp PSLX consortium
Hiroshi Kojima kojima.hiroshi@ns-sol.co.jp PSLX consortium
Hideichi Okamune oka@pslx.org PSLX consortium
Ken Nakayama nakayama@hitachi-to.co.jp Hitachi
Shinya Matsukawa matsukawa.shinya@hitachi-cable.co.jp Hitachi
Yukio Hamaguchi hamaguch@head.hitachi-hec.co.jp Hitachi
Tomohiko Maeda maeda.tomohiko@jp.fujitsu.com Fujitsu
Fumiko Hagikura hagikura@ffc.co.jp Fujitsu
Naoyuki Nomura naoyuki.nomura@nts.ricoh.co.jp Ricoh
Hiroaki Sasaki Hiroaki.Sasaki@jp.yokogawa.com Individual
Akihiro Kawauchi KHB04504@nifty.ne.jp Individual
Tomoichi Sato sato.tomoichi@jgc.co.jp Individual

TC Convener: Yasuyuki Nishioka, nishioka@k.hosei.ac.jp

Proposed TC Chair: Yasuyuki Nishioka, nishioka@k.hosei.ac.jp

Submitted by: Yasuyuki Nishioka, nishioka@k.hosei.ac.jp

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