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OASIS Production Planning and Scheduling (PPS) TC

OASIS TC Call For Participation: Production Planning and Scheduling

Date:      Fri, 24 Oct 2003 10:12:58 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
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, 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 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.

OASIS members may also join the TC after the first meeting. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

Non-OASIS members may read the TC's mail list archive, view the TC's web page, and send comments to the TC using a web form available on the TC's web page; click the "Send A Comment" button. The archives of the TC's mail list and public comments are visible at

Further information about the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover Pages web site under "Planning and Scheduling in the Manufacturing Environment" at

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


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
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Technical Committee Charter

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 scheduling.

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.

TC Scope

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
  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
  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 categories:

  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 OASIS TCs.

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 problems
  2. a list of the business execution messages for production planning and scheduling
  3. rules for an application in responding the business execution messages
  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.



Additional Information

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
  • 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 functionalities.

List of Contributions

Technical specification PSLX-04 recommended by the PSLX ( consortium will be used as one of main contributions to the Committee Draft.

First Meeting

Date: 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


TC Convener

Yasuyuki Nishioka,

Proposed TC Chair

Yasuyuki Nishioka,

Submitted by Yasuyuki Nishioka,

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See other details in the news story "OASIS Members Form Production Planning and Scheduling Technical Committee." General references in "Planning and Scheduling in the Manufacturing Environment."

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