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Synchronic control of two drives

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SmartFactoryKL to showcase Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) demonstrator

2017-11-23

Technological infrastructure that enables a flexible and agile yet also automated production process will be shown by the SmartFactoryKL technology initiative at SPS IPC Drives in hall 10.0 at booth 508. SmartFactoryKL invites visitors to experience Industrie 4.0 networking live.

 - TSN caters to the needs of modern IT systems as well as to the real-time requirements of industrial control systems.
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TSN caters to the needs of modern IT systems as well as to the real-time requirements of industrial control systems.

One of the main hallmarks of Industrie 4.0 is modular manufacturing. But what happens when changes to the system are required in short intervals? How do you ensure the path of the work pieces through the production sequence? One part of the solution is provided by mobile transport systems. The mobile robot platform of SmartFactoryKL is an agile transport system that enables flexible material transportation.

The product is forwarded from the product modules to the manual work station. Thanks to complex sensor systems, motor technology, and wireless networks, this transport unit automatically reaches its intended destination. Thus, a product can automatically be passed along from module to module, even if these are located within locally separated production lines. And, the transport unit is always able to locate the correct production module to ensure a smooth production process.

Which role will workers play in a digitalized, fully automated factory? SmartFactoryKL‘s intelligent manual work station shows how humans and machines will be working hand in hand. The station supports the technicians with their assembly tasks. For example, Augmented Reality systems help to manually perform individual process steps or even the complete assembly process. The advantages are, quite literally, right at hand: The workers receive optimal support in complex manufacturing processes, training, and maintenance tasks. The modular design ensures the manual work station can be customized to the local requirements.

TSN stands for Time-Sensitive Networking. This real-time ethernet variety was introduced as the communication standard for Industrie 4.0-based production. The advantage of TSN? On the basis of TSN, a real-time and multi-protocol network infrastructure can be offered. This caters to the needs of modern IT systems as well as to the real-time requirements of industrial control systems. The use case shown on the demonstrator is the synchronic control of two drives with real-time control data via TSN-Ethernet.

Simultaneously, via this TSN network infrastructure, the video streams of a webcam (that could, for example, be used for quality data collection with a machine vision system) are transmitted to a remote display. Real-time communication can be carried out without any disturbances. The TSN demonstrator (Sercos real time protocol over Time Sensitive Networking) was built with six partners from industry and research.