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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