Modern complex and flexible manufacturing systems
require new types of control system architectures and design
methodologies. An essential new applied architectural approach
is the distributed control architecture and an essential
new methodology within automation is model-based engineering.
There is a wide range of modeling approaches available from
traditional automation, domain-oriented systems engineering,
and software engineering. Unfortunately, there are very few
reports on the pros and cons of these modeling approaches for
the practical design tasks along the engineering process for distributed
control systems (DCSs). This paper gives a first evaluation
for the suitability of models for engineering DCSs to provide
the researcher and practitioner with combinations of models
that are well suited for their engineering projects.