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The building blocks defined in this specification are typically AddIns that can be applied to Objects or ObjectTypes representing Machines or components of Machines.

The specification intentionally does not define an ObjectType representing a MachineryItem and intentionally leaves it open how the information for the MachineryItem is further structured in addition to the AddIns. This allows a domain-specific organization of the MachineryItem, for example defined in a domain-specific companion specification.

It is to avoid that the Objects and ObjectTypes representing a MachineryItem become a large, hard to understand substructure and it is also to avoid having flat list of all the building blocks. Therefore, this specification defines an organization Object containing the building blocks defined in this specification. This reduces the Nodes on the top-level and thus simplifies accessing the information.

Each Object or ObjectType representing a MachineryItem supporting the AddIns should have an Object of type FolderType or a subtype with the BrowseName “MachineryBuildingBlocks” (using the Namespace of this specification), referenced with HasComponent or a subtype. All AddIns defined in this specification should be applied to this Object, i.e. being referenced with a HasAddIn Reference or a subtype from this Object. Because of the base characteristics of the identification and the relation to its subcomponents, those AddIns should be referenced directly from the Object or ObjectType representing the MachineryItem, and should be referenced in addition by the MachineryBuildingBlocks Object.

In Figure 7, an example is given. The SpecificComponentType supports the Identification AddIn as well as the BuildingBlock1 and BuildingBlock2. All three are referenced from the MachineryBuildingBlocks Object. The Identification AddIn is also referenced directly from the ObjectType, and the other AddIns from some domain-specific Objects to structure the component. The SpecificMachineType supports Identification and those two additional building blocks as well, and contains a Component1 of SpecificComponentType. Thus, the Components AddIn is referenced from the ObjectType directly, as well as from the MachineryBuildingBlocks Object.

readme_files/image011.png Figure 7 – Example of organization of Building Blocks

Table 12 defines, which building blocks shall or may be referenced by the MachineryBuildingBlocks folder.

Table 12 – Usage of MachineryBuildingBlocks

Building Block Shall be in MachineryBuildingBlocks folder May be in MachineryBuildingBlocks folder
Machine Identification and Nameplate (see 8) - X
Finding all Machines in a Server (see 9) - -
Component Identification and Nameplate (see10) - X
Finding all Identifiable Components of a Machine (see 11) - X
MachineryItemState (see 12) X -
MachineryOperationMode (see 13) X -

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