INDUSTRY 4.0

Innovative safety & security concepts for production systems

Digitalization is shaping the future of discrete manufacturing and the process industries, manifesting itself as an "industrial Internet" or a "cyber-physical production system".

 

In the operating system of the future man and machine are working even closer together.

  • The introduction of human-robot collaboration is considered one of the key trends in the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Sensors in shoes or workwear are used to control machines or even several machines at the same time.
  • Not only physical but also cognitive assistance systems, such as data glasses, help people communicate with the production system in real time and interpret data generated by machines.
  • The constant analysis of data streams makes it possible to generate even more precise statements as to when and which part of the production system needs to be checked more precisely, so that the ongoing operation is not disturbed.

 

Human safety in interaction with production networks has the highest priority. In smart factories, physical safety cannot be separated from cybersecurity. New security concepts for the cyber-physical production systems of the future must be developed, tested and implemented.

 

This requires our expertise.

An excerpt from our research and development projects:

  • Development of an integrated safety & security concept for human-robot collaboration in cooperation with Fraunhofer Austria at the Vienna University of Technology Pilot Factory Industry 4.0:  Video
    Download White Paper I und White Paper II und White Paper III
  • DR. KORS - Dynamic Reconfigurability of Collaborative Robot Systems: http://dr-kors.at

    The goal of this project is to use collaborative robots, such as encased industrial robots, flexibly and safely and to make sensitive mobile manipulation in an industrial context possible.

    Funding: FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), Call for Proposals: FFG Program Production of the Future, Program Owner: Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology

  • MMAssist II: Assistance Systems in Production in the Context of Human – Machine Cooperation: www.mmassist.at
    24 partners from research & development as well as industry and service sectors conduct research and develop assistance systems for trendsetting, people-focused workplaces ("Human-Centred Workplace").

    Funding: FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), Call for Proposals: FFG Program Production of the Future, Program Owner: Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology

  • SIP 4.0: security in intelligent production environments
    Focus on mobile robotics and interoperability in the Digital Factory of the Universitiy of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien