CeBIT 2015: Industry 4.0 solutions for connected production

At CeBIT 2015, Deutsche Telekom and partners are presenting solution modules that cover the entire value chain of Industry 4.0 – including network, connectivity, platforms, and integration for a standardized end-to-end production chain. The Connected Industry Platform (CIP) represents the intelligent convergence of manufacturing and information technology. Several industrial companies are already connected to the platform. In the next phase, Deutsche Telekom will upgrade the CIP to become a comprehensive cloud for “Industry 4.0.”

A model landscape at CeBIT highlights the areas in which Deutsche Telekom and its industrial partners are testing and implementing solutions for end-to-end digitization of the industrial value chain. Together with Infineon, Hirschmann, and WIBU-SYSTEMS, Deutsche Telekom will show trade fair visitors, for example, how companies can secure and network their communication channels for production across all sites. A train inspection using augmented reality demonstrates a new level of maintenance. In addition, Deutsche Telekom will present its Digital Navigator, a consulting approach for a successful transformation to Industry 4.0.

Control robots remotely, regardless of location 
Working directly from the trade fair, experts will configure an industrial robot located at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology in Berlin for a new production process. They will first test the process for correct, collision-free execution – on a virtual and remote bases – before activating the robot remotely. The robot can then be observed through a camera image. The demonstration shows how system operators can work at remote factory sites and adjust workflows quickly in response to customer requests (“lot size 1”). Crucial factors for controlling robots remotely are the reliability of the connection and the ability to perform precise visual simulations.

Authenticated access to machines
The first successful hacker attacks and manipulation of production processes underscore the fact that connected production poses major challenges for the security of end-to-end communication. Together with Infineon, Hirschmann, and WIBU-SYSTEMS, Deutsche Telekom shows at CeBIT in Hanover how encryption and authentication processes can secure and safeguard access to hardware and production control software. Thanks to unique authentication only authorized individuals are granted access to a machine and sensitive production information. Communication between connected machines can also be secured based on the same principle. This means that only authenticated machines can access the network and can issue orders to other production units. At its stand, Deutsche Telekom demonstrates how machines at different productions sites can be controlled via a secure remote connection, hardware-based authentication of machines and routers as well as data encryption via a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Access to mobile devices is secured using an authentication dongle that includes a security chip.

Control logistics workflows in real time
A simulation of the Port of Hamburg demonstrates at CeBIT how port logistics workflows can be optimized through real-time information. Deutsche Telekom, SAP, and the Hamburg Port Authority are presenting smartPORT logistics, a logistics solution that monitors and manages all truck and container movements on the port grounds in real time. To do so, smartPORT logistics aggregates all the traffic and infrastructure data of the 72-square-kilometer port facility in a private cloud. This information includes the positions and cargoes of the trucks, destinations of the containers, construction sites, bridge opening times, and the availability of parking slots. Through analysis of the data, port management, freight forwarders, parking lot operators, and other port businesses have a comprehensive picture of the situation at all times. They can respond quickly to situations such as traffic jams, closed bridges and overburdened unloading points. Truck drivers receive specific arrival times and routes directly on their networked devices. This avoids traffic jams, optimizes the tightly synchronized loading and unloading of the container ships, and improves the efficiency and environmental performance of port operations overall.

Faster maintenance with virtually overlaid information
A large amount of effort is required to maintain machinery and trains. For example, the brakes, air conditioners, kitchen equipment, seats, batteries, and the passenger information system of ICE high-speed trains are checked thoroughly every 80,000 kilometers. Augmented reality solutions can simplify the complex, expensive maintenance of trains and machinery. This computer-supported enhancement to perceived reality presents additional information by displaying and overlaying virtual objects. The real and virtual objects are related to one another three-dimensionally, enabling interactivity in real time. Using train maintenance as an example, Deutsche Telekom – in cooperation with DB Systel GmbH and CSC – will show how technicians can speed up the maintenance process by recording the wagon number with the camera of a tablet PC, which identifies the damage and objects to be maintained automatically.

Guide to digital transformation
Which stage of digitization has a company reached and how can it identify its own digital capabilities? The Digital Navigator, a tool for the planning and ongoing implementation of the digital transformation, provides the answers. The Navigator makes it possible to assess digital scenarios and action areas systematically, simulate impacts on business areas and processes, and identify digital transformation capabilities. The Digital Navigator analyzes where and how companies can implement their digital business strategies, with new technologies and digitized processes, and optimize their future business transactions with much higher quality or significantly lower costs.

Industry 4.0, presented by Deutsche Telekom
Industry 4.0 stands for the digitization of the manufacturing industry and encompasses every value-creation stages, from development and production to logistics, services, and after-sales.

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Source: Deutsche Telekom

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