Plattform Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet Consortium Agree on Cooperation

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Representatives of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium met in Zurich, Switzerland to explore the potential alignment of their two architecture efforts – respectively, the Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0) and the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA). The meeting was a success, with a common recognition of the complementary nature of the two models, an initial draft mapping showing the direct relationships between elements of the models, and a clear roadmap to ensure future interoperability. Additional possible topics included collaboration in the areas of IIC Testbeds and I4.0 Test Facility Infrastructures, as well as standardization, architectures & business outcomes in the Industrial Internet.

State Secretary, Matthias Machnig, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: “We welcome the cooperation of both initiatives as an important milestone in the cooperation of companies internationally. The combined strengths of both IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0 will substantially help to pave the way for a mutually beneficial development of a digitized economy for our international businesses.”

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, Technical Director of Plattform Industrie 4.0, CTO and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, said „Collaborating with other initiatives is important, especially for Germany’s export-oriented economy. We are highly interested to cooperate intensively with others in order to pave the way for global standards. Cooperating with IIC – and with other consortia – is an important step in the right direction.”

Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, commented, “The effort shows that smart technical people can bridge any gap and find a way to solve problems that might otherwise have created barriers to entry in the adoption of IoT technology for industrial applications. I applaud the participants and thank them for their initial work, and look forward to a successful collaboration moving forward.”

Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management: “This is a huge accomplishment for industry adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things, as it will simplify technology choices immensely and lead to greatly enhanced interoperability.”

Bernd Leukert, Member of the SAP Executive Board emphasizes the importance of alignment between IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0-initiated testbed initiatives: “This will allow for a much smoother international cooperation between smaller companies and larger enterprise to test out use cases and to initiate standards.”

Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer for GE Digital, said: “Breaking down the barriers of technology silos and supporting better integration of these architectures efforts will be key to advancing the Industrial Internet. This collaboration will help build a vibrant, united community around standards that drive integration toward solving the world’s toughest challenges.”

Robert Martin, Senior Principal Engineer in Cyber Security Partnership, The MITRE Corporation and member of the IIC Steering Committee, said “Bringing together the work of the Industrial Internet Consortium and the Plattform Industrie 4.0 Konsortium will dramatically increase the international value of both efforts and help to clarify and resolve the problems and concerns facing the global Industrial IoT marketplace quicker and more effectively than either could do alone.”

“I‘m excited to see the two premier Industrial Internet of Things organizations aligning their efforts,” states Stan Schneider, CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and a member of the IIC Steering Committee. “Industrie 4.0’s strong foundation in industrial manufacturing and process combines well with the IIC’s emphasis on emerging IIoT applications in healthcare, transportation, power, and smart cities. We are working aggressively to align the connectivity infrastructures of the underlying DDS and OPC UA connectivity standards. We look forward to driving the rapid growth of the IIoT across all industries.”

The Zurich meeting was originally proposed by Bosch and SAP as members of the steering committees of both organizations. The meeting constituted an informal group which will continue their work on exploring potential alignment between I4.0 and IIC. The open, informal discovery group included Bosch, Cisco, IIC, Pepperl + Fuchs, SAP, Siemens, Steinbeis Institute and ThingsWise.

For more information on the Industrial Internet Consortium, please visit http://www.iiconsortium.org or contact Kathy Walsh, Industrial Internet Consortium Director of Marketing at walsh@iiconsortium.org.

For more information on the Plattform Industrie 4.0, please contact Henning Banthien, Plattform Industrie 4.0 Secretary General at h.banthien@plattform-i40.de.


[People] Industry 4.0 requires intelligent integration

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Dr. Steffen Haack, member of the executive board responsible for the Industrial Applications business unit and coordinating the sales organization of Bosch Rexroth AG

Industry 4.0 will not only trigger innovations in production technologies – the automation industry itself will also undergo fundamental changes. But at the same time, it will be difficult for many players in the automation industry to part with approaches to which they have become accustomed. Again and again, I encounter the wishful thinking from those with whom I speak, proposing to “go it alone” in Industry 4.0, being the first, staying ahead. On the other hand, there are areas into which news about the exciting potential of Industry 4.0 has not yet reached.

Dr. Steffen Haack, Bosch Rexroth

Here, Bosch Rexroth has taken a decidedly different course. Together with partners from the world of IT, we are systematically sounding out the potential of Industry 4.0 and broadening our experience with a variety of small steps. This in turn influences new drive and control solutions, especially in the development of interfaces with the IT world.

From our perspective – and we hope, that of the broader automation industry, much of the path forward has already been successfully laid: For Industry 4.0, Bosch Rexroth offers a comprehensive portfolio of intelligent and open solutions, from intelligent drive technology and highly functional and high-performance control technology, all the way to a wide software portfolio for engineering.

But if many automation tasks have already been accomplished, why is Industry 4.0 implementation lagging so far behind in factories and production halls? The answer: The gap between the worlds of Industry and IT is not yet closed. In order to speed up implementation in this area, Bosch Rexroth is collaborating with numerous companies from the world of IT. In many cases, the aim is to link existing knowledge with available solutions based on open IT standards.

At the Bosch Rexroth trade fair booth, Dassault Systèmes, MathWorks, National Instruments, and Oracle IT companies, as well as the Eclipse Foundation, are presenting just such connections for PLC IPC drives. Thanks to Rexroth Open Core Engineering, they are connecting their solutions through various tools, languages, and platforms, using Bosch Rexroth’s automation portfolio to form a homogeneous, comprehensive solution. In the process, these partners are able to transfer their knowledge and expertise to the machine world in terms of simulation, process, and company software. It demonstrates how machine manufacturers enable this evolutionary bridge building between PLC automation and IT-based solutions as collaboration proceeds, leveraging the value of intelligent integration to make Industry 4.0 a working reality for the world of automation.

Lean commands for Industry 4.0

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Bosch Rexroth provides software development kit for the script language Lua for Open Core Interface

The engineering framework Open Core Engineering by Rexroth now also supports the script language Lua. This gives users another option for bringing more intelligence into production. The simple and understandable syntax of Lua has proven itself on a global level. Bosch Rexroth is now also making the advantages, which for example are used in controlling complex figures in computer games, available to the automation industry. Lua can be used to control robotics or program axial movements. The end user can optimize its machine program itself with simple software tools – without needing to program one single line of PLC code.

Boach Rexroth robotics OCE Lua
With the simple script language Lua, putting robots into operation is quick and easy with Lua

Lua is ideally suited for the use in small networked devices and control units, as the size of the script interpreter is very small – less than half of one megabyte. In modular production, Lua scripts stored on the component carrier via RFID chip can contain complete work instructions. Machines in a M2M network or higher-level product systems generate scripts independently in order to control other processes and machines – as a basis for integrated machine intelligence. In light of the diverse possible uses in the Industry 4.0 environment, Rexroth integrated the Lua interpreter into the Open Core Interface of its IndraMotion MLC control units. OEMs thus create solutions in a combination of Lua and PLC code, where the customer-specific components are integrated into the script. This significantly reduces the effort required for adjustment for technological development.

Easier programming and commissioning of robotics

The flexibility of Lua allows for user-specific command interfaces with which axial movements of robotics and other machines can very easily be defined. For example, Rexroth has a simple function library for the programming language Robot Control Language (RCL), which facilitates the transition. As a replacement for RCL, the control system IndraMotion MLC then uses the Lua script.

Today, design engineers no longer require elaborate tools and development environments to represent a pick-and-place process in Lua. They merely write a simple script in a common text editor, and then transfer the file to the control unit. Subsequent expansion stages then promise the browser-based editing and testing of the control unit’s integrated web server.

Once the application-specific PLC code has been shifted into simple, easily accessible Lua scripts, the logic becomes transparent, understandable, and adaptable for the end customer. With regard to fast commissioning, the end user quickly loads the script from the control unit into the text editor and completes programming of the axial movement. The service effort on site is also reduced if future adjustments are performed remotely by the customer or an engineer.

The software development kit (SDK) for the script language Lua for the Open Core Interface can now be downloaded for free from Rexroth’s engineering network. The Lua development toolkit (LDT), which is also available free of charge, serves as a development environment.

Sercos International successfully launches events in the second half of the year

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Sercos International staged its first events in the second half of the year with great success.

Over 600 participants in Tokyo and over 330 visitors in Osaka attended this year’s Industrial Open Networks Fair held on July 7 in Osaka and July 9 in Tokyo.

As well as an exhibition with products from around 50 providers, the fair included a range of seminars including a Sercos International seminar on “Real-time Ethernet with Internet”. Around 40 visitors took part in the seminar in Osaka organized by Bosch Rexroth on behalf of the user organization. The seminar in Tokyo was fully booked with 66 participants.

Visitors to the event were also introduced to an implementation in which the OPC-UA Companion Specification for Sercos® is reflected. The specification describes how the Sercos information model is mapped onto OPC-UA so that the functions and data provided by Sercos devices are accessible via OPC-UA.

The aim is to facilitate data exchange between the machine periphery and superordinate IT systems and support the requirements of Industry 4.0 with respect to semantic interoperability.

[HannoverMesse] Phoenix contact; “Smart Engineering and Production 4.0” technology network presents the complete vertical integration of data

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phoenix contact at Hannover Messe 2015
phoenix contact at Hannover Messe 2015

Consistent virtual engineering is essential for Industrie 4.0: at the Hannover Messe 2015, Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact will jointly present the complete vertical integration of data in the engineering and production process.

Visitors to the trade fair can find out first-hand how product data is generated, used for the creation of virtual prototypes, and forwarded to the production stage via standardized interfaces.

“From the Top Floor to the Shop Floor” – this slogan sums up the joint commitment of Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact, three leading solution providers in the field of engineering, in control cabinet system and automation technology. At their booth in Hall 8, the “Smart Engineering and Production 4.0” technology network will demonstrate the consistent automated process that leads from the digital item through engineering to production. Using the example of a control cabinet, visitors to the trade fair will find out first-hand how the data from a complete, virtual product description flows from the development stage to the manufacturing process via standardized interfaces. The digital product description can be used further during startup, system operation, and maintenance throughout the entire product lifecycle.

“Based on a virtual prototype and consistent digital description of all components, we create the conditions for the manufacture of individual industrial products. This is geared to production batch 1 and takes into account the principles of Industrie 4.0,” explains Maximilian Brandl, Chairman of the Executive Board at Eplan. Dr. Thomas Steffen, Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Rittal, adds: “In order to achieve more efficient value-added processes in industry today, the availability of high-quality technical product data and consistent, standardized engineering processes is essential.” Roland Bent, Executive Vice President at Phoenix Contact, concludes by summarizing their shared commitment: “We use the example of a real, highly automated manufacturing process for production batch 1 to illustrate the concrete potential of consistent digitalization as well as the complete integration of data across areas and systems. We want users to understand the future of development and manufacturing.”


[HannoverMesse] Intelligent pump monitoring from Colfax Fluid Handling

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Intelligent pump monitoring from Colfax Fluid Handling
Intelligent pump monitoring from Colfax Fluid Handling

Colfax Fluid Handling, a business segment of Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) will demonstrate its commitment to Industry 4.0 by with an exhibit of its new intelligent platform for condition and operation monitoring at Hanover Fair. Known as IN-1000, it will be on display at “Pumpe DE PUMPplaza” (Hall 15, Booth G43).

The platform was developed specifically for Allweiler pumps that are used in operationally-critical and environmentally-sensitive applications. IN-1000 improves safety while reducing operating costs. The core of the system is a software program developed by Allweiler.

The new Smart Platform can be used in straightforward condition monitoring to complex monitoring activities. This includes operational monitoring of several pumps for simultaneous fulfillment of safety and operating-cost requirements. Examples include monitoring of pressure, temperature, leaks, and vibrations. The system may also be expanded with standard industrial sensors.

Operations are monitored continuously and with full automation. Logging of activities permits subsequent evaluation. If unusual operating conditions appear, they are announced immediately and shown on a graphics-capable color display. Ethernet connections provide for communications with the master control panel. Maintenance personnel, for example, can use the apps and the integrated web browser for remote access from any smartphone or Internet-connected computer. With this development, megatrend Industry 4.0 has arrived in the world of pumps, with Colfax/Allweiler implementing the Internet of Things for its products. Depending on configuration, the Smart Platform will automatically respond to pump-related events, such as by switching to another pump. Because of these capabilities, maintenance and repairs can be planned in advance, there are no unplanned production downtimes and maintenance intervals can be extended.

“The Smart Platform helps to reduce overall costs and is more economical than similar systems. When it comes to sensitive operating conditions, like those encountered with thermal oil pumps, the increased safety is at the forefront,” says Gunter Connert, Sales Manager for Germany at Colfax Fluid Handling/Allweiler. The system can be used with all Allweiler pumps. Retrofitting is also possible.


Smart factory technologies at WIN Automation EURASIA 2015 of Istanbul

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Industry 4.0 in the spotlight at Eurasia’s leading industrial trade fair

Robotic arms that mimic animals, unmanned vehicles racing through warehouses, and energy-saving pump systems represent a sample of the Industrie 4.0 building blocks on display at WIN Automation EURASIA (19–22 March 2015, Istanbul), where 1,581 exhibiting companies from 21 countries demonstrated products and solutions for the smart factory of the future.

WIN Automation EURASIA 2015
WIN Automation EURASIA 2015

WIN Automation EURASIA’s four trade fairs (Otomasyon EURASIA, Materials Handling EURASIA, Hydraulic & Pneumatic EURASIA, and Electrotech EURASIA) covered industrial automation, materials handling and logistics, fluid power, and energy and electrotechnology, respectively – sectors that play crucial roles in improving production efficiency and quality while reducing costs.

“Turkey provides access to 1.5 billion customers in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa – markets that together represent $25 trillion of GDP,” said Wolfgang Pech, senior vice president at Deutsche Messe AG. “WIN is a showcase for global players as well as small and medium-sized companies. More than 77,000 visitors – including delegations from Algeria, Egypt, Germany, Libya, Palestine, and Tunisia – came to WIN because they know it is Eurasia’s innovation platform.”

Robotic arms that imitate the compact movements of animals and humans took center stage at Otomasyon EURASIA. Flexible and ergonomic, such systems reduce production and packaging times while preventing damage to products, especially in the food industry. “Manufacturing facilities throughout Eurasia use Yaskawa products. At WIN Automation we demonstrated the synergy between our drive, industrial automation and robotics lines,” said Turgay Halimler, managing director at YASKAWA Turkey, adding, “The Turkish market is currently more important for us than Europe, because Turkey is more open to innovation and provides feedback quickly.”

Materials Handling EURASIA spotlighted the range and flexibility of unmanned warehousing solutions that use smart navigation and sensors to autonomously control movement and avoid collisions. “Turkey’s logistics market, which is growing at about 15 percent annually, is very important for us,” said Wilfried Baur, managing director at Jungheinrich Turkey. “Our customers include national companies as well as European and international companies with operations in Turkey, such as Bauhaus, Mercedes and Metro, so we see Turkey as an important bridge between Europe and Asia. We focused on three areas at Materials Handling EURASIA: diesel vehicles, warehousing technology and customer service.”

Hydraulic & Pneumatic Eurasia featured innovative fluid power systems that support automation technologies. “Turkey’s hydraulics market is full of potential, not only for companies that meet domestic demand, but also for Turkish manufacturers that export. As the market leader in Turkey, we generate 80 percent of our turnover in Eurasia,” said Bircan Atılgan, international marketing manager at Kastaş A.Ş. “We introduced several new piston pneumatic seals at WIN as well as JPU9407, the premium thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for machined seals, which brings many advantages to industry standard materials, especially at higher temperatures.” Hydraulic & Pneumatic EURASIA also featured the premier in Turkey of the special display PUMP Plaza. “Demand for pumps is high in Turkey, so it is important to be here to meet customers,” said Marcel Meijers, publisher at DdV media, organizer of the plaza. “Our exhibitors present a complete range of pumps and pump systems, including drive technology, controls and components.”

Electrotech EURASIA included products such as smart and refined safety relays that communicate with each other to control manufacturing processes. “Turkey’s electrical industry is developing in line with the region’s rapidly growing construction sector. Project companies – particularly electrical contractors – as well as end users and investment organizations from all over Turkey visit WIN,” said Ender Demiray, marketing manager at EAE. “We presented busbar trunking, cable ducts and LED lighting luminaires. Busbar systems’ modular structure makes them much more flexible for energy transmission and distribution than cable systems.”

WIN Automation EURASIA is organized by Hannover Messe Bilesim Fuarcilik A.S., Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in Turkey, and belongs to Deutsche Messe’s HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio, which includes events in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, and the United States. WIN Eurasia Automation 2016 is scheduled for 17–20 March in Istanbul.