Intelligent Production to Batch Sizes of a Single Unit with Multi-Agent Systems
iAgent is a framework specially developed for use in industrial environments. It can be adapted flexibly and individually to the requirements of all production processes and connects the individual production stations of an automation line together in the form of cyber-physical objects.
infoteam uses the proven technology of a decentralised multi-agent system for iAgent. The physical objects involved mark the starting point for production, including industrial controls, sensors and actuators, whose digital shadows are represented in software agents. As soon as these cyber-physical objects communicate with one another by means of communication protocols such as OPC UA, cyber-physical systems (CPS) are created. In addition to the embedded systems, the products to be produced are also part of this CPS.
In theory, all physical components involved in production can be represented virtually in the form of a software agent. However, in practice, it is best to consider only the components that are also part of flexible production. An agent is assigned to each of these objects by means of a unique identifier. The agent knows the current status of the object, which is made up of its internal status (e.g. who am I?) and its objectives (e.g. what is to happen to me?). It then tries to achieve these goals itself by means of configurable strategies (e.g. as quickly as possible). In this way, we establish a production process with decentralised intelligence down to batch sizes of a single unit, in accordance with the objectives of Industry 4.0.
Thanks to software-controlled production and connection to the cloud, iAgent also provides a cornerstone for the Internet of Things (IoT). The intelligent analysis of data from the production process enables processes to be optimised and enables predictions for future results through to predictive maintenance.
iAgent is currently being used in the interdisciplinary research project ‘RoboFill 4.0’, where it now controls previously highly rigid production processes in a flexible, decentralised manner. For more information, visit the homepage of the research project which is supported by the Technical University of Munich.
Nexeed Production Performance Manager
The Nexeed Production Performance Manager (PPM) is the Industry 4.0 software solution from Bosch from systematic production improvement. The software helps quality and maintenance management staff with decision making and makes their daily activities easier. Individual modules provide support with special functions, such as for predictive maintenance or live process monitoring.
The PPM harmonises various types of production data. The software can extract customised information from this and automatically apply production knowledge. The processed information is made available to the user directly and specifically. This enables response times to be shortened, errors avoided, responsibilities clearly assigned and newly acquired information to be made permanently accessible. infoteam connects machines, controls and sensors to the PPM and enables it to provide customised reports.
From connection to your infrastructure to customisation
As a Bosch partner, we assist you fully with regard to the use of the Nexeed Production Performance Manager. This includes the phase prior to and during installation within an existing infrastructure as well as customisations, maintenance and extensions during operation.
InterSystems IRIS Data Platform
We use InterSystems IRIS Data Platform for extending to predictive OEE and prescriptive OEE. It is the first data platform to combine data management, interoperability and real-time analyses in a single product, thus facilitating the development of data-intensive applications. This enables businesses to combine event-driven, transactional data with large volumes of historical and other types of data to realise untapped business ideas and improve operational efficiency.
As a multi-model, multi-workload data platform, InterSystems IRIS Data Platform supports the following:
- parallel transactional and analytical data processing. It enables various types of data representations including relational and non-relational data models, which are always synchronised in a single database.
- comprehensive interoperability for the integration of distributed data and applications for the real-time implementation of end-to-end business processes.
- business intelligence and natural language processing. As an open analytics platform with dedicated connectors and in accordance with industry standards, it enables the simple integration of best-of-breed analysis solutions from third-party providers.
- flexible deployment options in public and private clouds, on-premises solutions and hybrid environments.
The highly efficient horizontal and vertical scalability of InterSystems IRIS allows large data volumes to be processed efficiently and reliably with high query frequency.
Live production data for each production line, operating data for production equipment or virtual hall planning: what was previously only possible by computer in the office is now possible directly on site in production thanks to augmented reality (AR). Data goggles or a mobile device identify all the key elements in the surroundings by means of the integrated camera and display context-related information to the user. Virtual information is superimposed over the virtual image of the actual environment, with added value provided in relation to ubiquitous networking and increased effectiveness of work processes thanks to computer-assisted augmented perception of reality.
Augmented reality also provides the option of remote support or remote help desk. Experts worldwide can access specific video streams and assist employees by mapping virtual information.
infoteam develops your AR applications based on your individual requirements and integrates them into your existing programme infrastructure, ensuring that no isolated solutions are left.