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10.07.2019 -  

Holistic Migration Approach towards Cyber-Physical Production Systems (HoMoCPPS)

Februar2018 Industrial competitiveness today means shorter product lifecycles, increased product variety and shorter time-to-market. To face this challenge, manufacturing industry is forced to move towards intelligent manufacturing control systems that are dynamically adaptable to changing production environment and flexible to different processing tasks. With the envisioned Industry 4.0, digitalization and robotization will enhance flexibility and reconfigurability of production systems to faster react to changing market demands and customer requirements. Therefore, advanced automation solutions have been developed within the last decades, such as Multi-Agent Systems, Service-oriented Architectures, Cloud computing and Cyber-Physical Systems, to enable the decentralization and virtualization of the automation control pyramid towards the realization of the Smart Factory. Although automation in manufacturing is clearly changing, only very few industries have adopted advanced automation solutions in their production environment. Reasons are various and one of the key challenges is the lack of a well-defined and smooth migration path to distributing and virtualizing the automation pyramid...more

Contact: Ambra Calà M.Sc., apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder


Specialised Book on Multi-Disciplinary Engineering has been published

With the newly published book „Multi-Disciplinary Engineering for Cyber-Physical Produktion Systems“, an analysis of the current state of the art of the model-based design of technical systems, developed by the IAF in cooperation with colleagues from the Vienna University of Technology, is available. The book illustrates the basic questions in the design of products and production systems with regard to the use of descriptive tools and models to the involved engineers. It also introduces solutions that already exist and where questions remain open for further research....more

Contact: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder

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New publication: „Lecture Notes in Manufacturing Systems Design and Manufacturing Process Organisation“

There are enormous changes in the production sciences at the present time. Driven by developments in information and communication technology, completely new production structures based on decentralisation and autonomy are emerging. The keyword is distributed production. It means not just the distribution of production sites on the globe, but also the distribution of intelligence, decentralisation of the controls and the distribution of decision-making levels....more

Contact: o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kühnle

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Magdeburg model of levels for the future modularization of energy storage systems

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Modularity for energy storage systems - A requirements analysis for component construction in electromobility

March 2017 Driven by e-mobile applications, the development of cell technology for high-performance batteries is at the threshold of industrial production and assembly on a large scale. Current energy storage systems for series applications are self-contained and define themselves as a disposable battery (one-way system). The maintenance of individual cells causes a high disassembly effort. In order to ensure long-term value, modular energy storage concepts come into the focus. The IAF realizes energy storage concepts with different battery cell types in its research work in the area of e-mobility. ...more

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Wagenhaus (Leitung) / Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Stefan Lüdecke / Tobias Stefaniak M.Sc. (Editha-Team)

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Existing challenges for production systems

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Agent systems in factory automation

February 2017 For many years, agent systems have been investigated as a design paradigm and as an implementation technology. As a result, a large number of agent-based control architectures have been developed which benefit from the advantages of the agent systems to deal with existing problems in factory automation. These efforts are documented, for example, in VDI Guideline 2653 - "Agent Systems in Automation Technology" and in publications such as "Agent Systems in Automation Technology" by P. Göhner (Editor) and "Industrial Agents: Emerging Applications of Software Agents in Industry" P. Leitão and S. Karnouskos, to which the IAF has contributed. In the last 3 years, the IAF has taken a further step (in this case in particular through the work of Dipl.-Ing. Daria Ryashentseva)....more

Contact: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder

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Manufacturing system with a fully automated nailing bridge

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Introduction of organizational discipline  for the achievement of a high level of performance - from  the singe hand-work assembly to the industrially producing line assembly work

December 2016 The significance of traditional house construction methods, such as "brick by brick", is noticeably decreased due to the competition between alternative concepts. On account of the relevant decision criteria, such as energy consumption, price and duration of competition, the focus of potential customers shifts in the direction of industrially producing prefabricators, who offer individual concepts. The IAF's long-standing research and development partner, Ing.-Holzbau Schnoor GmbH & Co. KG, decided to expand the product division of the panel construction (the pre-production of wall and ceiling elements) and thus to developed the  artisanal production area into an industrial production system. The already successful factory planning, structural realization and technical implementation of the innovative production system led to an interesting research collaboration for the IAF.  After an already successful factory planning, structural realization and technical implementation of the innovative production system, for the IAF arose once again interesting research cooperation. ......more

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Wagenhaus / Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Varina Neumann


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Distributed security and dependability control

November 2016 Smart distributed manufacturing systems, consist of a large number of widely dispersed loosely-coupled yet collaborating heterogeneous components, that are vastly connected to and communicating with cyber space. On the one hand, these properties can afford manufacturing enterprises a plethora of opportunities and strategic advantages, on the other hand however, such vast dispersity and exposure to cyber space, raises major vulnerabilities and security issues that should be carefully dealt with. Therefore, in order to harness all the capabilities of such systems, it must be assured that the system is implemented and runs dependably and securely...more

Contact: o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kühnle

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Competence in Mobility III - Modular production systems for electric vehicles

August 2016 The use of electric drive trains in future automotive applications leads to a completely new approach to the functional assemblies by systematically rethinking the overall system architecture of the automobile. The combustion-engine drive train was an essential component for the decades-long development of the current automotive system architecture and the resulting production systems. A clear trend of the modularization of assemblies can already be seen here and will be consistently developed further. The implementation of electrical drive trains creates new design possibilities for the construction of the overall system architecture of the automobile, but also new challenges in the product creation process. The increased implementation of module assemblies by system suppliers (battery module, drive module, etc.) leads to a further reduction of the in-house production rate. The planning and mastery of the production and assembly systems, and thus the elaboration of unique characteristics as the remaining core competence in the product development process, is inevitably the focus of economic considerations. The assurance of highly flexible and customer-specific assembly sequences with the aid of previously used layout methods in the production system encounters more and more functional limits, which must be discussed and overcome. In May 2016 the work on the collaborative project „Competence in Mobility“ (CoMo) III started. The IAF is responsible for the subproject vehicle as a complete vehicle and plays a leading role in the design and realization of the electrically driven automotive functional models to be explored. The IAF's objective is to analyse, design and organize production systems of highly modularized electric vehicles. The work is carried out within the interdisciplinary research group for electro mobility "Editha". ...more

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Wagenhaus (Leitung) / Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Stefan Lüdecke

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Method for the portfolio-supported assessment of the customer supplier know-how potential TECHINNO

August 2016  Advances in knowledge are becoming increasingly important in production. Therefore, further specializations of highly developed technology equipment will shape the future success. Customer supplier relationships will not be limited to bilateral constellations, as a whole range of new technologies for the transmission of information in the communications sector are to be expected... more

Contact: o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kühnle

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The Structural Quality: An indicator to verify the appropriateness of production structures

October 2016 The production industry mainly due to the globalization of sales and purchase markets is faced with new kinds of general conditions, resulting in decreasing quantities of similar products and, at the same time, increasing numbers of customer-specific variations. A clear change is noticeable, from multi-variant large-scale production towards customer-specific batch production, which comes as a result of this very individualization of the customers’ demands. This often leads to short-cycle adjustments within the factory and production structure, since mastering these types of production largely depends on the implemented system structure. As for the operating routine, there is no objectively measurable parameter to verify the appropriateness of the installed system structure: The Structural Quality, the development of which is currently undertaken by several research activities at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg...more

Contact: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Matthias Heinicke, Dr.-Ing. Ulf Bergmann

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AutomationML getting ready for full use

May 2016 In 2006, the development of the data exchange format AutomationML started, with the IAF being involved right from the beginning. It took only 10 years to create a data exchange technology (Automation Markup Language = AutomationML) that is able to find answers for a large variety of questions concerning the data management when designing production systems. ...more

Contact: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder
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Gecko Project - Communications Systems with AutomationML

November 2015 Within the context of the GecKo Project, which is being operated at the IAF, the first research results could have been presented to professional circles. The aim of this project is to develop an innovative procedure model and a corresponding software tool in order to support or enable the planning, configuration and documentation of any industrial communication network while comprising and combining the areas of protocol, technology and architecture. Thus, small and medium sized companies in particular are now able to meet the growing demands for individualization by their customers. The most important element in this respect is the use of AutomationML for the generic modeling of communication systems, which enables an automatic processing of the models created for device configuration manuals or installation manuals. This has just been presented during the annual convention of the Open Device Vendors Association (ODVA) ... more

Contact: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder

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Trial Platform for Operating Strategies of Range Extenders / E-Mobility

July 2015 Given a sufficient power source, electrically driven vehicles might well be an equal if not superior alternative to conventionally driven ones. The proper elimination of existing disadvantages in electric vehicles on a medium-term basis will prove decisive when assessing their chances for future success. In the course of the research project ELISA “Modular Light Constructional Components for Peripheral E-Mobility Solutions“, concepts were developed to improve the range of electric vehicles by adapting additional systems for alternative energy loadings. Basic action modes and operational strategies were analyzed, as were the setup and design of module supports for displaying functional patterns with regard to alternative energy loading of electrically driven vehicles......more

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Wagenhaus / Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Stefan Lüdecke

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Toolbox for establishing control solutions in distributed manufacturing

April 2015 As a novelty, IAF presents the first coherent Toolbox for establishing control solutions in distributed manufacturing setups. The Toolbox works on the base of topological principles and operates according to the new principles of concurrency as long as the properties of intelligent factory units as exposed by network and networkable intelligent machines and equipment. Well-known models from factory planning, process optimisation as well as resource requirement planning are revitalised and synthesised....more

Figure: Toolbox threshold of models for products, processes and decision support systems

Contact: o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kühnle

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Master Program Industrial Engineering established at Egyptian partner universities

March 2015 Operational design is a German trademark and includes essential tasks of factory operations, such as the evaluation of the production structure regarding possible options for optimization and the establishment of potentially required investments measures whose subsequent implementation will later be accompanied. Hence, this faculty is one of the core educational areas of German engineering, enjoying a high reputation everywhere abroad. It has with its combination of technical-technological, social and economic impacts no comparable equivalent to international university degrees. Propelled by the increased demand of qualified operational designers in international enterprises, a Tempus project had been launched at the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, developing a Master Program featuring 4 specialization areas titled “Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences: New Postgraduate Program“. Under the auspices of the IAF, a teaching concept had been developed for the Master Program “Industrial Engineering” at Egyptian partner universities, which is closely connected to the educational content taught at the Otto-von-Guericke-University (see picture), featuring a combination of theoretical basics and methodical practical knowledge over the entire life cycle of an enterprise.. ...more

Contact: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Matthias Heinicke

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Distributed Manufacturing

February 2015 Distributed manufacturing is about value creation engaging geographic elite dispersed manufacturing units. It includes both, the distribution of manufacturing units as well as networking manufacturing units that are already distributed. ...more

Contact: o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kühnle

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AutomationML approved to an International Standard

July 2014 The year 2014 promises to be a very successful year for AutomationML. Project work has started in the new teams that have been built with AutomationML new relations. In July 2014, the Association has mastered an important challenge: Number 1 of the norms’ family IEC 62714, describing the general architecture as well as the requirements, has been upgraded upgraded and approved to an International Standard [4]. For this occasion the 3. AutomationML user conference will held on 4 July 2014 with a number of interesting contributions. ...more

Contact: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder


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Elektro-Ottomobil Entwicklung

May 2014 The Chair of "Factory Operations and Production Systems" organised a competition on the design of electric mobiles; electric drive and muscle power had to be combined. As part of the lecture "Project work in Teams" quite a number of teams participated with various vehicle designs. The team, managed by the Chair finished second with a racing time of 17 minutes and 45 seconds. ...more  

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Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Wagenhaus


Lean Manufacturing in Emergin Countries

April 2014 Lean manufacturing may definitely be introduced faster and of more effectively in Emerging Countries and their industries as well. This was the result of a recent Ph.D. thesis paper, where more than 100 experts from Germany and abroad had given input for establishing a holistic implementation method. By deliberately reconfiguring important planning steps and by introducing specific advantages of indigenous methods, local and regional strength may accelerate transfer and adaptation of lean methods considerably. The project work had been funded by the German DAAD.

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Contact: o. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kühnle

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