Friday, November 21, 2014

XML Schemas from MESA Technical Committee for KPI-ML

By Gary Mintchell, member of MESA and volunteer on MESA’s Technical Committee and Marketing Committee

The MESA Technical Committee plans to release in January a paper detailing XML schemas as an implementation of KPI-ML (key performance indicator markup language). 

These schemas are based on the standards ISO 22400-1 "Automation Systems and Integration - Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Manufacturing Operations Management - Part 1 Overview" concepts and terminology and ANSI/ISA-95.00.05-2006 Enterprise-Control System Integration Part 5: Business to Manufacturing Transactions.

An implementation of KPI-ML using the KPI’s defined in the ISO 22400-2 KPI definitions is also included as part of the KPI-ML deliverables.

This information is based on the data models and attributes defined in the ISO 22400 KPI Standard and ANSI/ISA 95 Enterprise/Control System Integration standard. Contact ISO and ISA (The International Society of Automation) for copies of the standard.

This paper is the latest of an ongoing effort of the MESA Technical Committee to provide value-added research and information to assist members in understanding and implementing Manufacturing Execution Systems / Manufacturing Operations Management (MES/MOM) solutions.

The committee is one of the volunteer efforts of MESA International, the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions association. Members have access to a vast array of information at Check out the Website for information about becoming a member if you are not one yet. And, feel free to contact the committee to join the conversation.

Gary’s first career included management and engineering positions in product development, quality assurance, production & inventory control, and automation—all in a manufacturing environment. He also held marketing leadership positions in both B2B and B2C industries. He then switched to publishing including stints as a senior editor covering machine control and embedded computing for Control Engineering. He then became a co-founder of Automation World, which he led for 10 years. Currently he is writing at The Manufacturing Connection ( and consulting in various aspects of product development, merger & acquisitions, and marketing.

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