Work package 5 – Design and Development of Control Engineering Solutions

Work Package Leader: NXT

Contact Person: Mr. Arnold Kopitar     email: arnold.kopitar(a)nxtcontrol.com

WP5 will provide the industrial control technology and the production IT solutions required to implement the ReCaM production system. As the project targets to TRL7, industrial-grade technology will be utilized as the basis for the development in the project (see task descriptions for more details). Using ISA95-nomenclature, the main deliverables of WP5 can be assigned to levels 1, 2 and 3. These deliverables will satisfy the requirements defined in WP1, comply with the system architecture developed in WP2, integrate the runtime-aspects of the capability model developed in WP3 and integrate the engineering-solution developed in WP4. On levels 1 and 2, the project will focus on the development of module controllers for intelligent mechatronic modules. Module controllers comprise hardware, firmware and firmware extensions. They supply modules with a sufficient level of intelligence to act autonomously, provide connectivity to field devices, to peer module controllers and to higher level systems (such as MES-systems). Especially, module controllers will supply mechatronic modules with plug-and-produce-capabilities (based on the capability model). Furthermore, module controllers will support an open, vendor-independent engineering (again linked to the capability model) and human-machine-interaction concept and thereby allow multiple controllers of different vendors to be integrated within a single production system. A solid level of vendor independence will be ensured by using two different control system platforms (NXT and BOSCH Rexroth) as the foundation for this work package. On level 3, supported by suitable services (runtime-extensions) on level 2, an energy management solution will be implemented that allows ReCaM lines to be operated at different operating points from an energy consumption/performance point of view. Depending on the current targets for the production segment under consideration, a ReCaM line can automatically be transitioned between the most energy efficient operating point and the operating-point providing the best performance, for example.