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Industry 4.0 (IIoT)

Cosmino Sets You on the Path to Intelligent, Digital Manufacturing

Modern MES Architecture for Industry 4.0 Tasks

With new and “intelligent” products, the Industry 4.0 is set to change the world. The change in direction in the use of MES, which has been underway for some time, from straightforward data acquisition solutions and towards systems that take responsibility and control the factory independently, is becoming increasingly important.

In this respect, a software architecture that is based on micro services and distributed systems offers the maximum flexibility.

As a software development company from the field of PDA and MES, COSMINO AG is aligned to the new requirements and possibilities. With more than thirty years of experience from numerous projects, the company is taking advantage of the current opportunities and forging completely new paths with both the software architecture and all user interfaces.

A robot hand and a human hand touch each other via the HUD display. 3d illustration.

Digital Twins Make the Workplace and its Functionality Autonomous and Highly Available

The MES of the Industry 4.0 requires a digital representation of the relevant objects in the manufacturing process. Known as “digital twins” – which are optionally available for each product and tool at each workplace – these allow for the high availability of the ME system and an efficient exchange of data with other systems.

Digital twins are now being used in the systems of COSMINO AG, and their role is set to be essential in years to come.

The digital twins of a workplace container firstly upload the orders to be processed at the workplace, the required master data, as well as rules such as workflows, processes and the quality specifications of the products.

The exchange of data with other system components, such as the planning, operating resources and production logistics, also runs redundantly via the digital twins, which makes the workplace independent of a central database. In the future, this could be hosted on a cloud server without the current disadvantages, and receive data updates from the digital twins via a Message-Oriented Middleware (MOM).

All micro services which carry out individual functions at the workplace will operate on the basis of the data in the digital twin. The closer the container with the digital twins is to the online dialog and the machine connection, the more fail-safe a system of this kind is.

Illustration: With the dialog, MachineConnect and digital twin, installations from COSMINO AG already guarantee an extremely high system availability directly at the machine, even if a compact online dialog functions as the user interface and only a limited number of micro services are used.

The next Generation Cosmino User Interface can be Operated both Individually and with Ease

As an all-rounder and with all the upcoming requirements, the online dialog is becoming overly complex, leading to clear disadvantages in terms of its further development. This is why COSMINO AG is gradually replacing the current dialog functions with highly flexible micro apps.

The new html5 user interface, which is currently under development, will no longer require hundreds of system parameters that define the behavior and appearance of the entry dialog, but consist of several independent micro apps. On the one hand, the positioning of the input fields and the display of the micro apps on the screen is completely free, while on the other they are responsive, because they adapt to the screen size.

In this respect, each micro app operates independently and communicates exclusively with the digital twins in the workplace containers. This prevents them from interfering with each other’s function.

The Operator is Supported by the Dialogs

Another cutting-edge feature of this concept is the integrated worker assistance, which is designed to coordinate all the tasks of the employee at the workplace. This makes the operation of the online dialogs error-free and focuses on the things that are the most important at a given time.

Therefore, the operator isn’t required to know which button to press, as the online dialog provides a notification when an input or decision is required.

This takes a lot of the complexity out of manual data entry, which, however, is becoming increasingly complex due to the increase in MES tasks. After all, the success to which processes can be supported by software ultimately depends on the data entry.

The new Architecture is also Proven Architecture

Wherever appropriate, COSMINO relies on established and efficient architecture components that are available on the market, and which guarantee a continuous further development and improvement. External specialists for these programs are consulted in order to prepare them effectively for use.

Just as it is already possible with the dialogs of the hand-held applications, using the JavaScript web framework “Vue.js,” in addition to the standard micro apps of the future, random customer-specific web dialogs can be created for the purposes of both data entry and visualization.

For this purpose, the structure of the data in the digital twin is standardized as per the Industry 4.0 definition. The previous in-house development is therefore replaced with a widely-used variant.

From “Do it Yourself” Micro Service to MES according to the Modular Principle

Not only does the integration of established architecture components improve the performance of the software architecture. It also allows all departments to focus on our actual expertise: the solution-based implementation of customer requirements with software.

In the foreseeable future, all of today’s functionality will be available in the form of micro apps – and once again significantly optimized. Thanks to a new development environment, it will be easier to generate customer-specific versions of apps that behave differently or look different.

Transaction interfaces via REST, and the standardized digital twins in particular, will pave the way from the MES to the open platform – and enable the customer to access data with ease and initialize the functionality in the MES.

The customer could even develop or adapt differing micro apps for Cosmino MES from previously prepared software modules and libraries. And who knows, in the future customers might even design their MES systems themselves according to the modular principle from Cosmino.

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