Title: Smart connected and interactive production control in a distributed environment

Authors: Thomas Schlegel, Simon Thiel, Maxim Foursa, Fabrizio Meo, Josu Larranaga, Jon Agirre Ibarbia, Geza Haidegger, Istvan Mezgar, Imre Paniti, Anja Herrmann Praturlon, Joseph Canou

Addresses: Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, Universitat Stuttgart, Universitatsstr 38, Stuttgart, Germany. ' Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Nobelstr. 12, Stuttgart, Germany. ' Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), Schloss Birlinghoven, Sankt-Augustin, Germany. ' FIDIA S.p.A., Corso Lombardia 11, San Mauro Torinese (TO), Torino, Italy. ' FATRONIK-TECNALIA, Mikeletegi Pasealekua 7, Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain. ' FATRONIK-TECNALIA, Mikeletegi Pasealekua 7, Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain. ' MTA-SZTAKI, Kende Street 13-17, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary. ' MTA-SZTAKI, Kende Street 13-17, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary. ' MTA-SZTAKI, Kende Street 13-17, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary. ' Centro Ricerche Fiat, Strada Torino 50, 10043 Orbassano (TO), Torino, Italy. ' Robosoft, Technopole d'Izarbel, 64210 Bidart, France

Abstract: The European research project INT-MANUS embedded in the I*PROMS European network of excellence addresses the increasing demand for flexibility and adaptivity, which is summarised by rapid reconfiguration of complete factories, flexible reaction to new demands as well as related aspects in human computer interaction (HCI), software, and production systems. The project|s main goal has been to develop a new technology for the production plants of the future: the Smart Connected Control Platform (SCCP). This platform allows controlling a factory with the help of an open distributed and learning agent platform that integrates machines, robots, and human personnel. It offers an enterprise service bus like concept for dynamic and decentrally controlled production systems, which flexibly connects machines and IT systems like robotic transport systems, terminals, mobile control systems, etc.

Keywords: smart connected control platform; SCCP; advanced maintenance; virtual reality; intelligent manufacturing; intelligent production control; interactive control; product customisation; predictive maintenance; interaction; production control; mobile control; process execution; semantic messaging; decentralised control; robotic transport systems; radio frequency identification; RFID; interactive production control; distributed control environment; distributed interaction; manufacturing flexibility.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2011.040051

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, 2011 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.322 - 343

Published online: 13 May 2011 *

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