In addition to our already award-winning research project "Active force-sensitive workpiece carrier", we developed another essential component for Industry 4.0: "Wireless intelligent sensor systems for product-based control of industrial production plants" (short: DiSSproSiP).
This joint research project is one of the subprojects of the framework programme for the promotion of "Sensor-based electronic systems for applications in industry 4.0 (SElekt I4.0)" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The megatrend "Industry 4.0" is massively driving the improvement of flexibility as well as energy and resource efficiency of today's production processes. This is due to increasingly differentiated customer requirements, which require efficient batch size 1 production. This task can be realized by innovative concepts of intelligent controls and networking.
The aim of the project was the development of a wireless, intelligent sensor system for the decentralized, flexible control of the production process on a one-off basis. The sensor system collects process data at the point of origin, evaluates them independently and makes decentralized decisions based on central rules. At the same time, it functions as a "digital docket" across all production steps and communicates with the plant control system. This concept enables the efficient production of individual products. At the same time, it can be modularly adapted to different requirements. Furthermore, the documented real-time monitoring of the production processes ensures holistic quality control.
The core of the intelligent sensor system consists of a sensor module that is wirelessly supplied with energy. Thus, a main task is the energy-efficient optimization by means of an innovative concept. Due to its design, the sensor can be integrated into new and existing production plants across all industries.
Our research partners
The joint research project was supported by institutions from industry and science. Siemens Corporate Technology, the Fraunhofer Institute ENAS, the University of Paderborn and the company TagITron were mainly involved in research and development of intelligent signal processing, inductive energy transfer or an integrated RFID reader. To validate the development, the research project includes three demonstrators in an industrial context. Venjakob Maschinenbau GmbH integrates the sensor system into a UV coating system. Furthermore, MSF-Vathauer Antriebstechnik GmbH uses the development to control drives in a decentralized way. Rotte expands a plant at the company Miele for the production of washing machines in "batch size 1".