Digital Production Systems

Individual attention to product and plant life cycle will have an ever increasing influence as we drive towards Industry 4.0. Material consumption and energy efficiency coupled with information management are all topics of high interest. New advancements are coming from the integrated interaction of operative systems (classical automation systems) and IT based production planning systems. An important approach is the reuse of already defined data models of a plant in different engineering tools. It is our vision to integrate additional assistance system into production systems.

The primary focus of Digital Production Systems is to support data integration from shop floor to higher levels of production systems. Our main goal in this context is the reduction of (real time) production data providing only relevant and necessary data to improve engineering and ergonomic visualization of production data.

oneM2M - Subsumption of oneM2M Specifications into the concept of RAMI and I40 Components

Working Group 1 "Referenzarchitekturen, Standards und Normung" of the platform Industrie 4.0 coordinates the tasks about RAMI and I40 components. They consider system architectures and standards both from industry and telecommunication or IT respectively.

ENTOC - Engineering Tool Chain for Efficient and Iterative Development of Smart Factories

Short time-to-market of innovative products is a key success factor  for industrial companies. Virtual engineering and virtual commissioning as parts of systems engineering shorten the time for real plant or factory commissioning. But those technologies involve additional engineering efforts. The main goal of the project is to lower those efforts by introducing multi-vendor model repositories for easy access to equipment component models, by integrating feedback information from operation and maintenance phases into planning  processes and by specification and interpretation of standards based interoperable models and interfaces.

UdinE - Support of international standardization processes for engineering of IEC61131 industrial controllers

The engineering of decentral / distributed automation systems requires an efficient exchange of engineering data between software tools of different vendors. This requirement will be more and more important under consideration of Industrie 4.0 activities.

ECOSSIAN - European Control System Security Incident Analysis Network

The protection of Critical Infrastructures (CI) like power generation, energy distribution, transport networks, water distribution or of strategic production sites for process or manufacturing industries requires approaches and solutions for detection of threats. As Critical Infrastructures depend on each other, solutions which support incident detection and management at the levels of individual CI, across CIs, and across borders are needed.

AVANTI - Test methodology for virtual commissioning based on behaviour simulation of production systems

Today the Ethernet-based communication systems play an important role in networking of industrial auto­mation components. Providing information on networking processes across different sites, remote mainte­nance and the close integration of business and production processes are typically applications. The Internet Protocol (IP) is an integral component in Ethernet-based industrial communication systems. In many appli­cations and use case scenarios the IP, actual in Version 4 (IPv4), will be used.

ENERGy - Empowered NEtwoRk manaGement

Communication networks of today are mostly. optimised for specific user requirements. Thus, a network operation might end up in heterogeneous environments, with many inter-system exchanges. The management of these networks in order to satisfy the needs of the end-user is therefore costly. Additionally, these solutions utilise their own, non interoperable management tools and interfaces. Thus, the so-called Operations Support Systems (OSS) are becoming huge systems, needing almost half of their investments only to integrate dissimilar systems. The challenges of the ENERGy project were to master the complexity of network heterogeneity and to provide reliable services for high Quality of Service (QoS) and minimum downtime in an automated way.

VAN – Virtual Automation Networks

Applying IT technologies up to the usage of public networks as the Internet for the communication of automation components requires the establishment of a respective open communication and integration architecture, which copes with the specific automation tasks, demands, security and safety requirements, and concurrently considers the changed basis from previously homogeneous automation islands to hete­rogeneous networks. This topic was tackled in co-operation with key players of the European automation industry within the integrated project (IP) Virtual Automation Networks (VAN) – funded by the European Commission.

SOCRADES - Service-Oriented Cross-layer infRAstructure for Distributed smart Embedded devices

SOCRADES was a project sponsored by the European Commission within the 6th Framework Programme, which was based on the co-operation of French, German, Finish, Swedish, English and Italian partners. It targeted the investigation of service-based protocols, such as DPWS and OPC UA, and the development of automation strategies for networked embedded devices.

AIMES - Advanced Infrastructure for Medical Equipment Management and Services

The ITEA 2 project AIMES, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), was a colla­borative initiative by German and Spanish companies, universities and research institutes. The intention of the project was to lay down the fundamentals for the optimisation of facility and service management processes for medical equipment within a clinical environment. 


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