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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.

f++ facilitates a prototype adaptable factory

Festo case study

Festo and Festo Didactic, are located near Stuttgart (Germany). Festo is the world's leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology offering the right solution for every requirement: Over 30,000 catalogue products, customer-specific solutions, ready-to-install automation systems and complementary services make Festo the right partner for customers world-wide. Festo Didactic is the world-leading equipment and solution provider for industrial education. The product and service portfolio offers solutions for rapid learning and retention in the entire spectrum of automation technologies: pneumatics, electropneumatics, hydraulics, electrohydraulics, electronics, electrical engineering, sensors, robotics, CNC technology, PLC and fieldbus technology, manufacturing technology and process engineering as well as mechatronics. Festo Didactic supplies educational institutions and industries with learning factories, training and e-learning programmes that directly evolve from technologies and innovations in automation. They qualify people in appropriate learning environments to be sufficiently competent and flexible to immediately start work in production processes and other industrial contexts and to contribute to the productivity of industrial companies.

In the AutoPnP case study, Festo and Festo Didactic together with fortiss have established a prototype of an adaptable factory. The factory is composed of individual production machines, which can be arranged as required. During the system operation all changes to the factory setup are automatically detected and forwarded to a manufacturing execution system (MES). The MES system is then responsible for scheduling the production processes with respect to the available production machines in an optimal way and triggering the manufacturing. The prototype is further capable of immediately reacting to changes in the factory structure and rescheduling of production processes without any interaction of the operators.

You can also watch the AUTOMATICA 2014 video of the prototype created in the AutoPnP case study.

View original clip here.

using the f++ platform

using the f++ platform

using the f++ platform

Design centre


Germany South

Technology platforms

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