To master digitalization of industry the comprehensive availability of information is a key requirement. This is why concepts like the asset administration shell (AAS) and digital twins (DT) have been created.
Within this Whitepaper an approach is introduced to realize a decentralized registry for services offered around I4.0 components. How this decentralized registry is applied in practice is explained using five practice-relevant use cases which span the whole lifecycle of the asset.
Engineer Artur Bondza studied technical editing at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, with a concentration on mechatronics.
He has worked since 2004 at Pepperl+Fuchs, focusing on streamlining and digitalizing content- and data-management processes. He has been a member of the ECLASS Operating Arm committee since 2014, and in 2017, founded the DEG, which he continues to serve as spokesperson. True to the creed “No digitalization without standardization,” Bondza is also active with the ZVEI, DIN and the DKE, with the goal of realizing the vision of Industry 4.0 and the internet of things (IoT) through comprehensive standards.
Sven Köcher is working at Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG since 2015, where he is responsible for the product information management. This includes data management processes, the administration of the system landscape for the product information, the classification and description of the digital products as well as the provision of data for target channels such as wholesalers and engineering systems.
Before that, he worked in other companies as a CAE administrator and was responsible for the standardization and automated creation of product documentation.
He is active in ECLASS CEG CAX since 2015 and in other groups such as DEG since 2021.
Dr.-Ing. Oliver Drumm is a project manager in the Digital Industries preliminary development in the Process Automation Division at Siemens AG. Main working areas: End-to-end process, tools and technical product data in engineering for process engineering plants along the entire life cycle, active participation in ECLASS e.V. committees.
M.Sc. Alexander Belyaev (1987) studied electrical engineering at OvGU Magdeburg. There he has been a research assistant at the Institute for Automation Engineering since 2014. His main research areas are systems architecture for the interaction of I4.0 – components and the semantic methods for interoperability in the digital factory. He works on standardization of I4.0 – concepts in several working groups at ZVEI, ECLASS e.V. and VDI/VDE-GMA.
Dr. Birgit Boss works with Robert Bosch GmbH in different business areas and sectors in an international setting since 1996. She is a Software Engineer and Lead Software Architect with more than 20 years experience in the development and roll out of architectures, methods and standards for complex (embedded) systems. Areas of expertise include Software Architecture, Software Product Line Development, Software Ecosystems, Continuous Refactoring, Process Development and AUTOSAR. Her current interest is on Industrial IoT, semantic technologies and digital twin concepts (including the asset administration shell).
Dr. Birgit Boss is active in various standardization committees and activities in the context of industry 4.0, the AG1 “Reference Architectures, Standards and Norms” of the German Plattform Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), ZVEI Work Group “Models and Standards”, and others. She is convinced that standardization is a key factor for interoperability.
Dr. Birgit Boss studied computer science at the TH Darmstadt, Germany. She worked as a research engineer at the Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) and received the PH.D. degree from the Karlsruhe University, Germany, in 1995.
After completing his studies in electrical engineering, Roland Heidel started his career by working on the development of industrial communication systems at Siemens in 1977. He was a technical project manager for a joint project dealing with field buses for the industrial field communication system "Profibus". He also headed multiple EU projects dealing with industrial automation technology, with a particular focus on product data engineering. Heidel was head of an advanced development department and, until he left Siemens, was also head of the department "Standards & Regulations" for the divisions "Digital Factory (DF)" and "Process Industries and Drives (PD)".
Until 2016 he was Chairman of the standards committee IEC/TC 65 "Industrial -process measurement, control and automation"; until fall 2014 speaker of the Industrie 4.0 Working Group 2 (Reference Architectures, Standards and Norms) and until 2015 speaker for its mirror committee in the ZVEI (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V., the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association). Heidel has run his own company, Kommunikationslösungen e.K, since 2015 and is active in numerous Industrie 4.0 working groups and the ZVEI.
Josef Schmelter is working at PHOENIX CONTACT GmbH & Co. KG since 1997, where he is responsible for the classification in the ERP and PLM systems. As part of this activity, he is active in committees of the ECLASS e.V. of the IEC and ETIM Germany e.V. to ensure the provision of product data in the formats requested by the customer, including the provision of product data for the engineering tools (CAD / CAE) of the customers , The associated. requirements for adaptation and enhancement of the product information management system, the integration of data provision into the product development processes and the definition of system interfaces.