• Institution:
    SIGMA Clermont / UM6P


Khalid KOUISS is a Professor of Industrial Computer Sciences and Industrial Engineering. He is also an Expert in Industrial Automation and System Engineering.

He obtained an engineering diploma in 1988 and a PhD in 1992 from Ecole Centrale of Nantes in France with the specialization in Industrial Computer Sciences.

His research activities concern System modeling, System Engineering, IMS (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems), MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems), Automation for complex manufacturing systems, Industrial robotics and more generally the deployment of Industry 4.0 concepts.


Today, his activities are shared between:

  • a member of Pascal Institute Research Laboratory at the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA)
  • Professorship at the engineering school SIGMA in Clermont-Ferrand
  • Affiliate professor at the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic of Benguerir
  • Consulting in automation for many industrial companies


Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is an important brick for the development of smart factories. MOM fills the gap between planning activities supported by ERP applications and the actual operational activities in the workshop.

Even, if the companies are convinced that they need to build their own MOM, many of the deployed systems still not at the level to fulfill the requirements of the smart factories. This situation could have many explanations:

  • Companies don’t apply the integration standards (in particular ISA 95)
  • Lack of digitalization standards
  • Machines in the workshop are not ready for connectivity
  • Difficulties to consider the MOM as a system with many stakeholders and not just an IT application
  • The MOM system must be agile and adaptable

The ports are complex systems with many specificities that must be considered for a successful deployment of an MOM. In this presentation, we will propose a methodology to assess, specify and deploy MOM system in existing plants. This method has been proposed for the projects in Jorf Lasfar port.