Online seminar  /  October 13, 2023, 1–2. p.m. CET

Flexible control software for robust production systems

In recent years, the increased desire for customized products and rising customer requirements have led to increased product variance and shortened product life cycles on the part of industry. This results in increased demands on the flexibility and adaptability of the entire value chain of producers, but especially of production. The pandemic years have clearly shown that current production systems and their control software are too inflexible to adapt quickly and easily to constantly changing requirements. Industry 4.0 offers potential for solving this problem with concepts for flexible and adaptive control of automated processes and process sequences in complex and highly individualized production environments.

The Fraunhofer IPT is working together with partners from research and industry on new solutions for the flexible networking and control of such production systems. By replacing rigid process chains with freely interlinked processes, versatile production systems are created. A high degree of networking of the individual systems and devices, end-to-end data acquisition and seamless integration of measurement technology into process control make the newly created complexity in (partially) automated production manageable. This creates a basis for systems that are able to adapt automatically, in order to respond quickly and efficiently to problems as they arise.

About the seminar

The online seminar begins with an overview of the current challenges in conventional production systems. Afterwards, the potentials of networked production and its adaptive control will be highlighted and technical basics will be explained. Subsequently, the control software COPE for networked adaptive production developed at the Fraunhofer IPT will be presented. Using a service-oriented "Plug&Produce" approach, plants and devices are integrated into your network with little effort. Complex process chains for your production can be created, executed and monitored in the no-code process editor. This content will be explained using practical examples from our many years of experience in research and industrial projects in the field of freely interlinked production.

Finally, all participants will have the opportunity to ask individual questions. In addition, you will receive the presentation slides used or an equivalent content document as a script after completion of the online session. The online seminar is conducted in Microsoft Teams.

Suitable for

Companies from the automotive, medical, biotechnology and electronics sectors

Key Facts

  • Date: Friday, 13 October 2023, 1:00-2.00 p.m.
  • Participation fee: free of charge
  • Number of participants: at least 5
  • Implementation: Microsoft Teams