Complex production systems are used nowadays in the necessary planning, manufacturing and quality assurance tasks for the production of modern products in the metalworking industry. These are characterized by the interaction of a multitude of different software and hardware components.
The components include, for example, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems for computer-aided process planning, machine tools for carrying out the production task, and coordinate measuring machines for quality assurance
However, the data occurring within the software and hardware components has so far been used almost exclusively to fulfill the individual task of the individual component. Process design, manufacturing and quality assurance nowadays work on different, only extremely incomplete digital twins. An integrated and cross-system solution for linking planning, production and quality in the sense of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and a profound digital twinning based on it, which is data-consistent and comprehensive, does not exist so far.
dPart® describes a domain-specific framework for digital twinning in the metalworking industry and its technologies. It includes state of the art big data approaches (e.g. lambda architecture) and considers current national and international activities in the area of standardization (e.g. ISO23247 – A digital twin framework for manufacturing). The framework as well as the implementation are divided into four main development areas:
dPart enables the creation of a complete and data-consistent digital twin along the entire value-added chain of planning, production and quality assurance. dPart thus reduces interface problems of the metalworking industry within manufacturing, increases the digital resilience of the industry and prepares it for the Industrial Internet of Things and a future data economy.
We are constantly developing dPart together with small and medium sized companies as well as large enterprises from the metalworking industry. The developments are supported by suppliers and subcontractors of software and hardware components for manufacturing systems in metalworking. The digital infrastructure is covered by providers and suppliers of digital infrastructure such as edge or cloud platform providers.