Seamless Integration of CPS-based Factories across various Engineering and Simulation Disciplines

Stephan Weyer, Carsten Harms, Martin Ruskowski

In: Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Technology & Sciences. International Conference on Advanced Technology & Sciences (ICAT-17) IEEE Latvia Section September 13-15 Riga Latvia IEEE Xplore 9/2017.


Smart Factories are characterized by their scalability and modularity whereby field devices and production units will turn into so-called Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS) and enable dynamic adjustments during running production. This paper outlines an approach for a seamless integration of future CPS-based factories across various engineering and simulation disciplines. They are intended to support and evaluate such (re-) engineering processes but require relevant model data about modifications made. This includes the identification, recognition of available CPS-based units as well as their model-based integration. For this purpose, a generic data model and vendor-independent system architecture has been developed. Across a varied set of digital tools it allows data to be enriched and used as needed for each CPS. The objects’ characteristic models and data can be im- and exported across various departments. In a final step, the approach is being demonstrated within an industry-relevant use case in the SmartFactoryKL. Besides selected results of the prototypical implementation, an insight into the ongoing work is presented

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz