Industrie 4.0 – Concepts and Solutions

Individuality is becoming increasingly important in our society today. This change is also reflected in the purchasing behavior of end consumers. As a result, the focus is increasingly shifting towards the need to be able to manufacture a wide variety of products and product variants with high efficiency. This need must also be reflected in the manufacturing processes. Although today’s manufacturing processes are highly efficient, they are mostly inflexible.

A change of the type of product can therefore entail great effort and thus high costs. Potential customers who want to produce small lot sizes are faced with high costs per unit, which might jeopardize the profitability of their projects.  

The transition to Industrie 4.0 promises to remedy this. Flexibilization of the production processes enables fast and cost-efficient change of the product type. This makes it possible to manufacture even orders of lot size 1 profitably and thereby allows for greater competitiveness. Furthermore, the use of previously unused data from production process enables completely new insights.

But how is this transition to Industrie 4.0 to take place? It requires an efficient automation solution – a piece of software – that supports the flexible workflows in a manufacturing process.

Goal of the seminar

This seminar is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Industrie 4.0. Both current topics and current key areas of research will be addressed.

Specifically, you will acquire knowledge and skills with regard to the following topics

  • What is Industrie 4.0?
  • What does Industrie 4.0 mean for my products and business models?
  • What is the state of the art in the field of Industrie 4.0?
  • Which solutions exist, and how can they be used?

Content of the seminar

The seminar consists of several parts, which can be combined as desired and adapted to your needs.

Introduction to the key challenges and concepts of Industrie 4.0

  • Changeability of production vs. flexibility
  • What is required to enable changeable production?
  • How does digitalization support production in Industrie 4.0?
  • How does Industrie 4.0 production differ from current plants?
  • Which challenges exist regarding the implementation of Industrie 4.0?
  • Which technologies support the fourth industrial revolution?
  • Which requirements does Industrie 4.0 pose on my products?
  • How can products be specified in terms of Industrie 4.0?
  • What are administrative asset shells and Digital Twins?

Insight into research

  • Central concepts of service-based production
  • Virtual Automation Bus
  • Management components
  • Application of Service-Oriented Architecture to automation
  • Upcoming concepts
  • Device-specific administrative asset shell and application-specific sub-models
  • New communication mechanisms
  • AI in production
  • Holistic simulations for decision-making and decision validation
  • Functional safety in the changeable factory

Eclipse BaSyx

  • Introduction to the central concepts and components of Eclipse BaSyx
  • Integration of any protocol via the Virtual Automation Bus
  • Integration of any data source via the Virtual Automation Bus
  • Data modeling with administrative asset shells
  • Use and adaptation of existing components
  • Deployment with Docker
  • Training in the use of the Eclipse BaSyx SDKs through hands-on tasks and examples