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IIC - Smart Factory Web Testbed

The Smart Factory Web aims to form a network of smart factories with flexible adaptation of production capabilities and sharing of resources and assets to improve order fulfillment. Key questions are: How can we connect factories to the Smart Factory Web and exchange data reliably? How can we provide the information securely at the right granularity to authorized partners? How can production capabilities be adapted quickly and efficiently in response to orders?

  • Fraunhofer IOSB
    Established on January 1, 2010, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB grew to become Europe´s largest research institute in the field of image acquisition, processing and analysis.IOSB´s other areas of acitvity are control and automation technology, and information and knowledge management. IOSB has four locations in Germany: Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau and Lemgo as well as a representative office in Beijing.The three core competencies of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation give the institute its distinctive profile.
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  • *This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.*

    Fraunhofer IOSB, Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI)

    Manufacturing: industrial automation

    The Smart Factory Web applies a dual plane 3-tier IIC implementation architecture with IIoT technologies on both planes. The upper plane comprises the Smart Factory Web portal to handle cross-factory interactions through gateways to the individual smart factories. The lower plane is a Smart Factory with a Factory Digital Image for secure, performant communication with the Smart Factory Web.

    Secure Plug & Work techniques based on the standards AutomationML and OPC UA are applied to adapt factories on-the-fly by inserting new manufacturing assets into the factory production with a minimum of engineering effort. These standards are applied for information modelling and communication in both planes.

    The usage scenario is order driven adaptive production. This shall be achieved with a sequence of sub-scenarios:

    • Publish: registration of Smart Factories of smart factories on the Smart Factory Web with a description of their capabilities
    • Find: Discovering Smart Factories with the capabilities needed to process a manufacturing order
    • Order: Management and execution of orders in the Smart Factory Web
    • Adapt: Adapting the factory production to meet the order requirements
    • Bind: Connecting and monitoring assets in the Smart Factory Web
    • Collaborate: Provide software plug & work to enable collaborative engineering of manufacturing and automation processes

    The testbed will create and validate new business models with flexible assignment of production resources across factory locations. This will create new opportunities for SMEs, allowing them to respond flexibly to manufacturing orders.

    The Korean-German collaboration between KETI and Fraunhofer IOSB will advance the international usage of key standards such as AutomationML for the plant description and OPC UA as a communication mechanism as well as architectures for Industrial Internet of Things systems. This will reduce IT system integration and installation costs with faster engineering and ramp-up of components, machines, plants, and IT systems. The mission of Fraunhofer IOSB and KETI is to transfer research results to real applications in industry.

    The initial smart factories in the Smart Factory Web are two operational factories in Germany: a) the model factory Plug&Work of Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe and b) selected equipment of the SmartFactoryOWL in Lemgo, an initiative of Fraunhofer and the OWL University of Applied Sciences. The model factories of KETI planned in Korea in Pangyo and Ansan will also be an integral part of the Smart Factory Web. They will be linked to the German model factories to achieve a cross-factory, cross-organization usage scenario.
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • Factory Operations Visibility & Intelligence
    Visualizing factory operations data is a challenge for many manufacturers today. One of the IIoT initiatives some manufacturers are pursuing today is providing real-time visibility in factory operations and the health of machines. The goal is to improve manufacturing efficiency. The challenge is in combining and correlating diverse data sources that greatly vary in nature, origin, and life cycle.Factory Operations Visibility and Intelligence (FOVI) is designed to collect sensor data generated on the factory floor, production-equipment logs, production plans and statistics, operator information, and to integrate all this and other related information in the cloud. In this way, it can be used to bring visibility to production facilities, analyze and predict outcomes, and support better decisions for improvements.  
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