Hannover Messe 2018: Making Industrie 4.0 “easy“ with Fraunhofer IESE
In the research project BaSys 4.0, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE, Kaiserslautern, and its collaboration partners are developing an open-source middleware that enables the use of heterogeneous systems for Industrie 4.0. How easy this is will be shown by the researchers of Fraunhofer IESE at the Fraunhofer Booth C22 in Hall 6 from 23 to 27 April 2018.
Producing individual products efficiently and cost-effectively is one of the main challenges regarding Industrie 4.0. In reality, a lot of machinery is still in use whose various control systems do not speak the same language. Or the programs used in the manufacturing plants date back to the age before the idea of Industrie 4.0 emerged. In the research project BaSys 4.0, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Fraunhofer IESE is using manufacturing services to realize efficiently changeable production and illustrates how this can be adapted during operation and how it can integrate individual products into mass production upon demand. The open-source middleware enables manufacturing companies to realize changeable production “easily”.
Experience the middleware for Industrie 4.0 close up
At its trade fair booth, Fraunhofer IESE will link the virtual world with the real world. At the demonstrator, visitors will be able to delve into an interactive manufacturing world: An interactive table and the model of a production line will simulate an Industrie 4.0 production plant into which BaSys 4.0 is integrated as the middleware. To demonstrate changeable production, differently colored production components will be transported in the model of a production line. At the same time, the interactive table will show the middleware BaSys 4.0 with its administrative shells as the central communication layer. Visitors can experience the flexible production with BaSys 4.0 by assuming different roles and executing various scenarios; roles include production manager, product manager, and production worker. This will enable them to learn about the abstract concepts of administrative shell, service-based production and middleware. They will find out how service-based production works and how new services, resp. Industrie 4.0 production, can be configured.
BaSys 4.0 and the role of Fraunhofer IESE
In the research project BaSys 4.0, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Fraunhofer IESE and 14 other partners from the field of production technology are developing concepts and solutions for realizing digital twins as digital representatives for production. The focus is on the implementation of a secure and self-organizing communication interface spanning different sites and networks, which manages self-describing data objects.
Fraunhofer IESE brings modern software architecture to production and demonstrates easy integration with existing automation and control systems. With the help of the tool FERAL, an integral component of BaSys 4.0, the researchers simulate plant control systems before these are actually implemented. Support is provided by digital twins: They map properties of the real plant virtually and enable risk-free “What-if” analyses. Based on this, Fraunhofer IESE and Fraunhofer ESK collaborate in the Think Lab ENARIS® to develop solutions that realize self-optimizing plants.