Movement towards service-orientation and app-orientation in manufacturing IT
Current trends in production e.g. the shift to mass personalization lead to significant changes in manufacturing IT. The traditional automation pyramid is dissolving and manufacturing IT is moving towards service-orientation and app-orientation. To support especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in mastering this challenge, an appropriate IT infrastructure and secure cloud platform have been developed. Based on this cloud platform, apps have been developed which provide the interface between humans and manufacturing IT as well as the integrated cyber-physical systems. Challenges concerning app development for manufacturing environments are illustrated using the example of an app collecting sensor data and sending this data to a cloud service for further processing.