Data Connection Across the Product Life Cycle

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From Octo­ber 29th to 31st IDSA will be retur­ning to Bar­ce­lo­na (Spain) for the IoT Solu­ti­ons World Con­gress, the lar­gest IoT event in the world. This year, we are going big! IDSA is part of one of the ten selec­ted test­beds to be pre­sen­ted at the event.

In col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with FIWARE and PROSTEP (for the full list of con­tri­bu­ting part­ners see box), the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on has crea­ted a test­bed that demons­tra­tes how data sov­er­eig­n­ty, block­chain, and open source tech­no­lo­gies can be joint­ly used to break infor­ma­ti­on silos. It can, her­eby, pro­vi­de a seam­less and con­trol­led exchan­ge of data across digi­tal twins.

The­re is a spe­cial bond bet­ween the digi­tal twin and the phy­si­cal world it repres­ents. The digi­tal twin has lar­ge­ly been a pro­duct lifecy­cle con­cept for design and per­for­mance simu­la­ti­on of dis­cre­te pro­ducts. Now, new kinds of digi­tal twins are avail­ab­le to sup­port and impro­ve spe­ci­fic manu­fac­tu­ring plant pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses through cyber-phy­si­cal sys­tems and obtain a bet­ter under­stan­ding of the pro­duct per­for­mance in ope­ra­ti­on through IoT.

Each of the­se various kinds of digi­tal twins has been deve­lo­ped as a silo­ed solu­ti­on, each dealing with dif­fe­rent manu­fac­tu­ring pro­ces­ses across the pro­duct lifecy­cle.

The data exchan­ge among digi­tal twins brea­king the­se silos opens the door for manu­fac­tu­rers to recei­ve unpre­ce­den­ted insights, visi­bi­li­ty and auto­ma­ti­on oppor­tu­nities. This, in turn, leads to effi­ci­en­cy impro­ve­ments in pro­duct design, pro­duct per­for­mance and manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess ope­ra­ti­ons.

The Trus­ted Digi­tal Twin test­bed demons­tra­tes how FIWARE’s and IDSA’s open source tech­no­lo­gy, as well as SAMPL secu­re 3D prin­ting tech­no­lo­gy, can be used to pro­vi­de a seam­less and con­trol­led exchan­ge of data across digi­tal twins based on open inter­na­tio­nal stan­dards (pro­step ivip, QIF) and the SAMPL block­chain tech­no­lo­gy.

This will allow com­pa­nies to dra­ma­ti­cal­ly impro­ve cost, qua­li­ty, time­li­ness, and busi­ness results through enhan­ced tracea­bi­li­ty, pro­cess work­flow auto­ma­ti­on, and impro­ved pro­duct and manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess know­ledge.

Data Exchan­ge Bet­ween Machi­nes in the Shopf­loor for Zero Defect Manu­fac­tu­ring (ZDM)

Cur­r­ent­ly, machi­nes chai­ned on the shop floor as part of the manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess are working as infor­ma­ti­on silos. They are ‘phy­si­cal­ly’ con­nec­ted becau­se the part trea­ted by one machi­ne is pas­sed to the next machi­ne in the chain, which in turns tre­ats this part and pas­ses it on to the next. Each of tho­se machi­nes gene­ra­tes a lar­ge amount of data, which so far has been used to moni­tor and impro­ve the pro­ces­ses and tasks each machi­ne per­forms. Howe­ver, sys­tems asso­cia­ted with each machi­ne are not desi­gned to explo­it data from others when impro­ve­ments can be gai­ned if the data from one machi­ne ‘feeds’ the sys­tems con­nec­ted to the other and if such exchan­ge is made in a way that is secu­re. Access con­trol terms and con­di­ti­ons estab­lis­hed by each indi­vi­du­al machi­ne pro­vi­der are her­eby pre­ser­ved and the shop floor ope­ra­tor is also the final decisi­on-maker. The ope­ra­tor, the­re­fo­re, defi­nes what is exch­an­ged and what for, and whe­ther it goes out of the fac­to­ry.

The test­bed demons­tra­tes how fac­to­ries can bene­fit from IDS con­cepts and FIWARE open source tech­no­lo­gy. It show­ca­ses the enhan­ced func­tio­n­a­li­ties for the impro­ve­ment of pro­ces­ses or the sup­port of smart decisi­ons, through the manage­ment of con­text data expor­ted by the fac­to­ry.