BMBF funds Industry 4.0 project “BaSys 4.0” – Fraunhofer IESE is project coordinator

Presseinformation / 13.7.2016

On 1 July 2016, the project “Basissystem Industrie 4.0 (BaSys 4.0)” (Basic System Industry 4.0) was launched, which is being funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its goal is the development of an “operating system” for production plants to support efficient modifiability of a production process, thus addressing one of the central challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. The project is being funded with 12 million euros and has a duration of three years. The project coordinator is the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE, which organized the first large project kick-off event at its site in Kaiserslautern today.

The economy is on the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution. In order to remain competitive internationally, the manufacturing industry must address new challenges. Products must be produced in ever more variants. Lot numbers for individual variants are being reduced – this includes customers explicitly requesting mass production of products with batch size 1. Still, production costs must be kept low if a company wants to survive on international markets.

BaSys4.0 is intended to act as an “operating system” for production plants to support the efficient conversion of a production process. In order to ensure process planning and changeover in real-time, a holistic process map must be provided that transfers all data via a joint interface. To accomplish this, all the services and data of the process must be available in a uniform format that can be extended with further services and data at any time. With the help of the “operating system” BaSys4.0, it will become possible to adjust manufacturing processes quickly when a new product appears, which also means that all third-party components will be available automatically and on time. Dr. Thomas Kuhn, head of the department Embedded Software Engineering at Fraunhofer IESE, comments: “As a result of the decreasing risk for new products, opportunities arise also for smaller, very innovative companies. Consumers will benefit from new products that would not have been brought to market with traditional manufacturing and the associated high prices.”

BaSys 4.0 is a joint project with a total of 15 partners. The project partners represent a broad range of companies as well as university and non-university research institutions.

Overview of the joint project:

  • Joint project: “Basissystem Industrie 4.0 (BaSys4.0)” (Basic System Industry 4.0)
  • Coordinator: Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
  • Funding:  12 million €
  • Project runtime: 01 July 2016 – 31 July 2019

Project partners: ABB Ltd., Bosch Rexroth AG, DFKI GmbH, Eclipse Foundation, Festo AG & Co. KG, FORTISS GmbH, ITQ GmbH, KUKA Roboter GmbH, PSI Automotive & Industry GmbH, RWTH Aachen University, Robert Bosch GmbH, SMS Group GmbH, SYSGO AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering methods. A major portion of the products offered by its customers is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems via automation and plant engineering, energy management, information systems and health care to software systems for the public sector. The institute’s software and systems engineering approaches are scalable, which makes Fraunhofer IESE a competent technology partner for organizations of any size from small companies to major corporations.

Under the leadership of Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dieter Rombach, the contributions of Fraunhofer IESE have been a major boost to the emerging IT hub Kaiserslautern for close to twenty years. In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, the institute is cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes to develop trend-setting key technologies for the future.

Fraunhofer IESE is one of 68 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Together they have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany’s competitiveness in international markets.