G. Kraft Maschinenbau already applies the model-based approach to the development of new systems with considerable success. For instance, large parts of the software for a new system can be configured and then generated automatically. This procedure has reduced the manual workload within development by 80%. Besides greater efficiency in the creation of system code, it also helps to improve the software quality. After all, the systematic recycling of software modules for recurring functionalities ultimately produces mature standard modules in which errors are identified and rectified promptly. Not only is this use of quality assured modules efficient, it also directly enhances the quality of the system software.
Fraunhofer IEM is currently involved in a collaborative project that aims to continue increasing this proportion of automatically generated code. For this purpose, a domain-specific language was developed for G. Kraft that permits the modeling of procedures (incremental sequences) using a graphic editor and the downstream, automatic output of control code by means of a code generator. G. Kraft is interested in supporting control code by various other manufacturers in future. This means that additional code generators would each have to be developed once. The systems’ abstract models and the domain-specific language will remain usable here as well, which is yet another benefit of model-based design.