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Project Content

Actual Sitation
Industry 4.0 envisages intelligent plant components, machines, plants, and IT systems connected to each other. They know relevant ‚partners‘ and their skills and posses an interface similar to USB. In case of (re-)commisioning, (re-)engineering, (re-)design, and startup of components, machines, and plants, all partners are able to react to changes like a new production situation. Changes affect embedded software of fi eld devices, program code of controllers, or superordinated IT systems e.g. MES

Changes often result in manual effort and are time- and cost-intensive, and error-prone. In the context of Industrie 4.0, these changes shall be effected in a (semi-)automatic way, by means of an interface for plants and production components similar to the USB interface in the PC world. However, the situation within production is much more complex. All changes shall occur »secure«.
SecurePLUGandWORK considers application scenarios on different hierarchy and complexity levels:

  • Use Case Integration Component-Machine (e.g. ball screw in machine tool)
    - Machine tool
    - Main spindle
    - Multi-spindle head
    - Ball screw
  • Use Case Integration Machine-Plant (e.g. modules in industrial cleaning system)
    - Plant
    - Cleaning system
    - Gripping system
    - Tool magazine

The project realizes Plug-and-work mechanism with integrated security technology based on industrial standards. This results in faster engineering and reduced ramp-up time of components, machines, plants, and IT systems. The SecurePLUGandWORK architecture realizes the secure Plug-and-work functionality by software components for the change management based on OPC UA and AutomationML. SecurePLUGandWORK only allows authorized partners (components, machines, and IT systems) to link into the production system and encrypts communication, if necessary. Furthermore SecurePLUGandWORK equips non-communica-tive plant components with Industrie 4.0 characteristics by the hardware SecurePLUGandWORK-adapter.

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Publications which explain the project’s content

  1. Miriam Schleipen, Olaf Sauer: SecurePLUGandWORK - ein Verbundprojekt im Rahmen der Bekanntmachung "Intelligente Vernetzung in der Produktion - Ein Beitrag zum Zukunftsprojekt Industrie 4.0", visIT IT-Sicherheit für die Produktion, S.8-9,, 2014. Anhang
  2. Marco Blume, Nils Koch, Jahanzaib Imtiaz, Dr. Holger Flatt, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite, Dr.-Ing. Miriam Schleipen, Dr.-Ing. Olaf Sauer, Steffen Dosch: An OPC-UA based approach for dynamic-configuration of security credentials and integrating a vendor independent digital product memory. KommA – Kommunikation in der Automation, Lemgo, November, 2014. Anhang

Publications/Talks which mentioned the project

  1. Olaf Sauer: PLUGandWORK – vertikale Integration vom Feldgerät bis zum MES-System, Industrie 4.0-Summit, Oktober, München,, 2013. Anhang
  2. Olaf Sauer: Entwicklungstrends von MES in der Industrie 4.0, Industrie 4.0-Summit, Oktober, München,, 2014. Anhang
  3. Olaf Sauer: Information technology for the factory of the future - state of the art and need for action, CIRP conference DET 2014, Stuttgart, In: Bauer, Wilhelm; Constantinescu, Carmen; Sauer, Olaf; Maropoulos, Paul; Muelaner, Jody ; Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation -IAO-, Stuttgart; International Academy for Production Engineering -CIRP-, Paris: Disruptive Innovation in Manufacturing Engineering towards the 4th Industrial Revolution : 8th International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology, DET 2014, March 25 -28 2014, Stuttgart, Germany, Abstracts, Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 2014, ISBN: 3-8396-0697-7, ISBN: 978-3-8396-0697-1, S.34, 2014. Anhang
  4. Olaf Sauer: SecurePLUGandWORK – an example for the challenges from Industrie 4.0. Keynote, , CIRP conference DET 2014, Stuttgart, 2014. Anhang
  5. Olaf Sauer: Neue Komponenten integrieren sich selbständig, IEE - Elektrische Automatisierung und Antriebstechnik 04/2014, S. 46-48:, 2014. 
  6. Olaf Sauer: Trends bei produktionsnaher Informationstechnik - wie sieht die IT für die Fabrik der Zukunft aus?, IT2Industry, November, München, 2014. Anhang
  7. Olaf Sauer: Entwicklungstrends von MES in der Industrie 4.0 - wie sieht die IT für die Fabrik der Zukunft aus?, MES & Process Minds, November, Berlin, 2014. Anhang
  8. Olaf Sauer: Semantic interoperability for Plug-and-Work-functions in Industrie 4.0 – the combination of OPC-UA and AutomationML as industrial standards for interoperability, OPC Fay Europe, 2014. Anhang


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