Smart connected and interactive production control in a distributed environment
The European research project INT-MANUS embedded in the I*PROMS European network of excellence addresses the increasing demand for flexibility and adaptivity, which is summarised by rapid reconfiguration of complete factories, flexible reaction to new demands as well as related aspects in human computer interaction (HCI), software, and production systems. The project's main goal has been to develop a new technology for the production plants of the future: the Smart Connected Control Platform (SCCP). This platform allows controlling a factory with the help of an open distributed and learning agent platform that integrates machines, robots, and human personnel. It offers an enterprise service bus like concept for dynamic and decentrally controlled production systems, which flexibly connects machines and IT systems like robotic transport systems, terminals, mobile control systems, etc.