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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

IPP4CPPS (Integrated product-production co-simulation for cyber-physical production system)

Problem and solution

Modern production systems are increasingly cyber-physical in nature, combining computer control and data processing with traditional physical manufacturing processes. This experiment transferred CPS technology to the development of a cyber-physical production systems (CPPS). The experiment used model-based engineering platforms INTO-CPS and 4DIAC to design and build a small-scale manufacturing prototype, able to exploit sensor data regarding perturbations in the environment during component testing.

TEMPO Simulator

The prototype was inspired by Continental’s real manufacturing and testing processes, assessing the benefits and the maturity level of model-driven engineering technologies for future adoption into the real manufacturing infrastructure by:

  • designing and building an integrated co-simulation; and
  • delivering a proof-of-concept for the deployment capabilities of various simulation tools.

How did CPSE Labs Help?

The experiment facilitated technology providers Aarhus and Controllab to work with ULBS to address the needs of Continental. The UK Design Centre provided expertise and training in collaborative model-based design and the INTO-CPS platform, while the Germany South Design Centre provided training and domain expertise in automated manufacturing and the 4DIAC platform.


The experiment assessed the benefits and the maturity level of model-driven engineering technologies for future adoption into CPS-based production systems. It covers the entire engineering life-cycle (i.e. from requirements to deployment into a real infrastructure) and contributed to several advancements of engineering methods and tools. The experiment delivered an effective proof-of-concept for model-driven engineering of CPS-based production system as a feasible and promising approach to (re)engineer the factory of the future with the employed technologies (i.e. INTO-CPS, Overture, 20Sim and 4DIAC). The experiment identified a number of issues that may further impact over the adoption of model-driven engineering technologies into real settings: the FMI-compatibility of the simulation tools used in industry; hardware/software-in-the-loop simulations still display complex synchronization problems for dissimilar time-scales; the diverse set of low-level devices (i.e. sensors, industrial communication standards etc.) that are used in today and future industry require special standardization effort to enhance the deployment capabilities of the simulation tools. iPP4CPPS results can impact on these efforts.


The experiment contributed to the advancement of engineering methods and tools for building cyber-physical production systems from TRL4 to TRL5 by:

  • Testing the combined INTO-CPS and 4DIAC platforms in a real industrial case study with a multidisciplinary team (i.e. mechanical and electrical engineering, control and computer science); this produced a co-model of the production plant combining 4DIAC, Overture (VDM-RT) and 20-sim models.
  • Building a physical demonstrator of the plant and demonstrating the deployment capabilities of INTO-CPS and 4DIAC.

The following dissemination activities have been carried out:

  • Neghina, M., Zamfirescu, C.-B., Larsen, P.G., Lausdahl, K, Pierce, K. Event-first Approach to Collaborative Modelling of Cyber-Physical Systems. In Proceedings from 15th Overture Workshop (Newcastle, UK, 2017).
  • Pirvu, B.-C., Ruxandu, V., Zamfirescu, C.-B., Puscasu, S. Multi-paradigm approach for co-simulation and deployment: a use-case for a production system. In Today Software Magazine (accepted for publication, 2017).
  • CPS Summer School at Sibiu, Romania, July 2017.
  • Bucharest International Technical Fair, October 2017.
  • CODIAX Sibiu, November 2017.
Design centre

This experiment is supported by our UK and Germany South design centres

Technology platforms




1st Nov 2016 - 31st Oct 2017
Funded under: CPSE Labs Call 3