Cyber-physical systems are a network of integrated computational decisional components and physical elements. The integration of computational decisional components with the heterogeneous physical automation systems and devices is not transparent and constitutes a critical challenge for the success of this approach. The objective of the paper is to describe an approach to establish standard interfaces based on the use of the ISO 9506 Manufacturing Message Specification international standard. The proposed approach is exemplified by the construction of a robotic cyber-physical production component that is plug-in in a cyber-physical system for a small-scale production system based on Fischertechnik systems. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.