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Introduction of an Architecture for Flexible Future Process Control Systems as Enabler for Industry 4.0

Michael Gundall; Calvin Glas; Hans Dieter Schotten
In: 2020 IEEE 25rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA). IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA-2020), September 8-11, Vienna, Austria, IEEE, 9/2020.


The term Industry 4.0, which refers to the fourth industrial revolution, aims at the digitalization of industries, including all kinds of production assets. With the help of these, so-called "industrial cyber-physical systems", which form the industrial Internet of Things, numerous novel use cases that are key enabler for a smart manufacturing, can be realized. However, existing facilities mainly consist of legacy equipment and technologies that do not offer these kind of flexibility. To address this issue, we introduce an architecture that allows a flexible reconfiguration and redeployment of future process control systems. Moreover, a high system availability and reliability, as required by industrial applications, has been taken into account. The architectural design follows the 4+1 model approach as it is available in the literature. This ensures, that the design results in a holistic architecture. Additionally, we provide insights into first results and outline future development steps.