Complex manufacturing processes are broken down into sub-steps that can be mapped to individual machines. The overall process thus consists of a coordinated sequence of these sub-steps, or in other words: a concatenation of the machines involved. This linkage to a production line requires a conductor who coordinates the interaction of the machines and thus guides the overall process. The FactoryWare Line Management System (LMS) interconnects machines and automates the cross-machine execution of production processes. It thus assumes the role of the conductor and ensures smooth interaction between the machines.