SmartF-IT – Cyber-physical IT systems to master complexness of a new generation of multi-adaptive factories
Software tools for multi-adaptive cyber-physical production systems
For the factory of the future technologies are developed with Industrie 4.0 that make the production of small quantities in real time with maximum quality, yet low cost manageable. Thus, manufacturers can handle profitably fluctuating markets and global trends, offer a high number of variants or small series productions and meet individual customer requirements. The SmartF-IT project faces this challenge, with the use of adaptive cyber-physical IT systems at all levels of production to achieve the introduction, implementation and operation of integrated production systems. SmartF-IT places special emphasis on each unit of production and focuses on the use of IT procedures to implement agility and multiple adaptivity as essential components of the smart factory. With SmartF-IT, multiple adaptivity is used at a high level throughout the entire production system and includes planning, managing and operating the interplay of processes, products, equipment and employees.
SmartF-IT- is established as the basis of the SmartFactory, an IT-based, integrated and executable model, with the need-based adaptation to the human work force and as such, takes into account the sustainable well-being of the people involved. The focus lies, on the versatile reconfigurable production unit for the optimized production of multi-variant customized products in terms of “high-mix, low-volume manufacturing” to the “Lot Size 1″ in a hybrid composition of resources and manpower, supported by new customized industrial assistance systems.
SmartF-IT examines two typical applications of new technologies: the migration of an existing production as well as the redesign and subsequent operation of a production line to be established. It is the three scenarios from industrial practice, that validate in hybrid adaptable working environments of a CPPS, the developed methods for establishing controllable multi-adaptivity. A CPPS cockpit brings transparency into the relationships of multi-adaptive processes and the consistent IT integration for mastering complexity in planning and control of the CPPS.
The close collaboration of representatives from industry and academia ensures, that the desired results and solutions meet both the immediate industrial needs and that generic models, methods and tools emerge, that can be used and utilized beyond their individual capacities in the industry, for example by also being incorporated into the national “Plattform Industrie 4.0″. The condensed best practice recommendations from the addressed integrative use situations of migration and re-planning on the one hand and human-centric, as well as cyber-physical system approach on the other hand, are also having a formative influence on the further development of cyber-physical production systems, for controlling complexity in a new family of multi-adaptive agile factories.
SmartF-IT was launched in June 2013 and is promoted for a term of three years with a volume of € 12 million by the BMBF, Unit 514 IT systems.
DFKI is the consortium leader, project leader is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster. Other partners include: Bosch Rexroth AG, fortiss GmbH, imperial-Werke oHG, PLATOS GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, TU Darmstadt and Zentrum für Mechatronik und Automatisierungstechnik gGmbH (ZeMA) and as an associate partner BMW AG. The project was completed successfully in 2016.
The SmartF-IT demonstrator implements a modular self-organizing production line of realistic Industrie 4.0 production which realizes the multi-variety production of real CPS control modules in lot size 1. Thereby workers, plant supervisors, team leaders and planners are supported by specific human-centered assistance systems and IT tools in specific tasks, such as production planning, staff planning, fault management, quality assurance and workplace accommodation in a variety of industrial applications. The basis for the IT integration here is a cross-application semantic factory memory linking the latest information about products, processes, facilities and employees. It can provide an integrated, dynamic detailed planning of the production process, individual support of staff as well as a self-regulating CPS-based networking of processes and control systems.
SmartF-IT shows with a variety of assistance systems, how flexibility and individuality in cooperation with a lightweight robot is achieved in the production context of Industrie 4.0.
For further information please consult: www.smartf-it-projekt.de
Project Duration: 06/2013 – 05/2016
Project Sheet: SmartF-IT (english)
Cognitive Assistants (COS)
Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Dengler/Dr. Anselm Blocher
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