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Technical Interoperability for Machine Connectivity on the Shop Floor

Version 1 : Received: 2 May 2018 / Approved: 3 May 2018 / Online: 3 May 2018 (12:25:53 CEST)

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Åkerman, M.; Stahre, J.; Engström, U.; Angelsmark, O.; McGillivray, D.; Holmberg, T.; Bärring, M.; Lundgren, C.; Friis, M.; Fast-Berglund, Å. Technical Interoperability for Machine Connectivity on the Shop Floor. Technologies 2018, 6, 57. Åkerman, M.; Stahre, J.; Engström, U.; Angelsmark, O.; McGillivray, D.; Holmberg, T.; Bärring, M.; Lundgren, C.; Friis, M.; Fast-Berglund, Å. Technical Interoperability for Machine Connectivity on the Shop Floor. Technologies 2018, 6, 57.

Journal reference: Technologies 2018, 6, 57
DOI: 10.3390/technologies6030057

Abstract

This paper presents technical solutions to increase Industry 4.0 maturity. Within the “5G-Enabled Manufacturing” project, a 5G network has been deployed at the shop floor to enable fast and scalable connectivity. This network was used to connect a grinding machine to a private cloud to enable visibility and transparency of the production data, which is the basis for Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing. Results indicate a present lack of commercially available product independent solutions for interconnection and data transfer despite the availability of open standards and well-documented demonstrator projects. The solution is described and discussed regarding technical interoperability, focusing on the system layout, communication standards, and open systems. From the discussion, it is derived that manufacturing end-users are in need to expand and further internalize knowledge on future information and communication technologies to reduce their dependency on equipment and technology providers.

Subject Areas

interoperability; IoT; connectivity; Industry 4.0; smart manufacturing

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