Design approach for structuring distributed digital twins

Project description


For the digital accompaniment of highly flexible, cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) digital twins. The DAVID project has supported the development of distributed digital twins (VDZ) as a modular, scalable data structure for mechatronic components and systems. For this an exchange format for distributed digital twins that can be integrated and shows how these twins can be data structures can be integrated into plant models. A distributed digital twin is related to plant components or modules, and can be used to Dynamically represent the state in the plant and, in addition to the model and information posture (e.g. documents) also include an encapsulated functional control. This is based on approaches from Multiagent systems in combination with digital engineering methods. By networking the VDZ a summa cumulative digital twin is created. The project partners represent the relevant roles along the The project will also extend their IT infrastructure so that they can create VDZ, edit, integrate and import/export. This ensures consistent data storage for and the updating of digital twins in the operational phase. With VDZ, the development and commissioning of complex automation systems can be significantly shortened. will be. Based on the project results, the users can use the flexible production with emergent CPPS and process optimization for the creation of data-based B2B business models realize.

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Project partners

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und -automatisierung
  • EKS-Intec GmbH
  • Trebing & Himstedt Prozeßautomation GmbH & Co. Kg
  • ASM Dimatec GmbH
  • EXPO21xx GmbH


Funding program IKT2020 – Forschung für Innovationen of the BMBF