Intelligent Fusion of Intralogistics and Production in the Factory of the Future – BaSynaos Research Project Launched

In the context of increasing automation, digitalization, and globalization of their production conditions, industrial companies face the challenge of organizing factories in an increasingly changeable and flexible manner. Digitization of business and production processes as completely as possible and linking them comprehensively and adaptively with production control systems or cyber-physical systems is seen as the key to increasing profitability and competitiveness and end-to-end flexible production as the core of most value chains.

In practice, this requires a high degree of adaptability when unexpected, changed production conditions occur, as well as a continuous exchange of information between so-called assets on the logistics side and those on the production side. Assets are networkable components and objects that are essentially involved in the value chain, such as machines, robots, and manufactured products. In order to guarantee the smoothest possible process flow, assets must be described in a standardized manner, and production-inherent management systems must be perfectly coordinated. BaSynaos, which is being driven forward jointly by the project partners SYNAOS GmbH and DFKI, draws on the primary system developed in the predecessor project BaSys 4.0, which is to be used in practice-oriented scenarios and brought into widespread use.

 

Online process planning for intralogistics and production in the basic system for INDUSTRIE 4.0

A central aspect of INDUSTRIE 4.0 is the holistic, adaptive orchestration of intralogistics and manufacturing processes in industrial production. In addition to intelligent and powerful algorithms for planning and optimizing the entire factory operation, this requires real-time data from the store floor to be able to adapt planning to the current state of all assets involved in manufacturing and intralogistics at any time.

The goal of the BaSynaos satellite project is to provide uniform access to planning-relevant real-time data of these assets based on the reference implementation provided by BaSys 4.0 in order to connect external online planning systems. The connection of external planning systems is evaluated exemplarily using the software applications SYNA.OS LOGISTICS and SYNA.OS MANUFACTURING, which allow a coordinated planning and optimization of manufacturing and intralogistics.
BaSynaos started on March 1, 2021 and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a period of two years.

 

BaSys 4.0

BaSys 4.0 is the INDUSTRIE 4.0 open-source middleware that has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2016. In the BaSys 4.0 project, DFKI is working with 14 partners from research and industry to realize central concepts and standards of the INDUSTRIE 4.0 platform. The project goal is to develop a basic system for production plants that implements the efficient changeability of a production process as a central challenge of INDUSTRIE 4.0.

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Contact:

Andreas Luxenburger, M.Sc.

Project lead, Research Department Cognitive Assistants, DFKI

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz