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Asset Administration Shells and GAIA-X Enabled Shared Production Scenario

Magnus Volkmann; Andreas Wagner; Jesko Hermann; Martin Ruskowski
In: Francisco J. G. Silva; Luís Pinto Ferreira; José Carlos Sá; Maria Teresa Pereira; Carla M. A. Pinto (Hrsg.). Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: Establishing Bridges for More Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM), Cham, Pages 187-199, ISBN 978-3-031-38165-2, Springer Nature Switzerland, 2024.


Increasing the flexibility of production environments and the resilience of value chains are major challenges of Industry 4.0. Multi-enterprise manufacturing networks can be a solution to create dynamic supply chains and to make product manufacturing more flexible. To enable the concept of manufacturing networks, vendor-independent and data-secure solutions are required. This includes automated bidding procedures and cross-company interpretation of information. Existing approaches to data exchange between companies are based on proprietary concepts. An industrial data space should support vendor-independent solutions to facilitate data exchange, participation in multiple data spaces, and offers the freedom not to be dependent on a single software company or marketplace provider. The paper focuses on existing technologies and describes a Shared Production scenario based on the decentralized GAIA-X architecture, the Asset Administration Shell and the Industry 4.0 language. In this way, uniform semantics can be achieved, the Industry 4.0 language defines the structure of text messages as well as the communication flow, and GAIA-X provides technologies for secure and data-sovereign information exchange. The focus is on the possible identification of supply chains in the machining industry.