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Research and Development

International projects

EKS InTec is a technology leader and to stay that way we participate in several international research projects.



Engineering Tool Chain for Efficient and Iterative Development of Smart Factories

The aim of the ENTOC project is to increase the efficiency of the engineering process with a focus on virtual commissioning.

The project will run from September 2016 to August 2019.

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Each project consists of an international team of top scientists from EKS InTec and renowned partners.

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Smart Prognosis of Energy with Allocation of Resources

The goal of the project SPEAR is the energy simulation and optimization within the framework of virtual commissioning.

The overall management of the project lies with EKS InTec.

The project will run from September 2017 to August 2020.

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Why do we research!

The core objectives of our research work

To optimize the results in Industry 4.0 and to be the first to take the next step, it is not enough to rest on your laurels! We do:

Automatic test case generation

Generation of test cases for the Virtual Commissioning using component models (FMUs).

Automatic test execution

This results in higher software quality (PLC, robot programs). Our goal is to move from manual test execution to automatic test execution during VIBN.

Replacement of components

Component exchange in standardized format (FMI/FMU) via an App Store, the FMUs are created by the respective component manufacturers.

Extension of virtual commissioning

To address the aspect of energy simulation, at component and plant level with the help of FMUs.



The Next Level of Test Automation

The aim of the TESTOMATproject project is the automatic test case generation and in the following the automatic test execution within the framework of the virtual commissioning.

The project will run from October 2017 to September 2020.

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– XIVT –

eXcellence In Variant Testing

Within the XIVT project, a method and toolchain will be defined for testing highly configurable, variant-rich embedded systems in the automotive, rail, industrial production and telecommunication domains.

This enables a highly effective, cost-efficient quality assurance, allowing the shift to autonomous, flexible and adaptive applications in these domains.

Base of the method is a knowledge-based analysis of requirements formulated in natural language, and a model-based test generation on the product-line level. The XIVT project will result in modules and open-source packets for the enhancement of existing domain-specific testing tools, a reference implementation of the resulting method and toolchain, and an ecosystem of services around the proposed methodology.

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Design approach for structuring distributed digital twins

The "DAVID" project aims to research and make available distributed digital twins (VDZ) in the mechatronic field.

This can significantly shorten the development and commissioning of complex automation systems. Essential basics will be developed in the context of digital twins, which are based on approaches of multi-agent systems. Both the autonomous and the cooperative capabilities of the digital twin will be considered.

This enables a stronger coupling of product, processes and resources (PPR), also using existing automation components, to an emergent system. By networking the information and interfaces of digital twins of individual components, agents or assemblies, a summative digital twin is created that provides the capabilities of the individual systems as well as capabilities that overlap all individual systems.

Through the summative digital twin, synergies between the individual systems can be discovered and used to achieve greater flexibility.

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Simulationsgestützte, assistenzsystem-basierende Engineering- und Maintenance-Dienstleistungen für Lean Aftersales-Services

Aftersales-Services – wie Prozessoptimierung, Schulung, Instandhaltung, Umbau und Modernisierung – werden für viele deutsche Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer zu einem immer wichtigeren Bestandteil der Wertschöpfung. Diese Dienstleistungen können im besonderen Maße von der digitalen Transformation profitieren: Maschinen und Anlagen verschmelzen mehr und mehr mit Informationstechnologien, die in Echtzeit Zustandsdaten erfassen, aus diesen Daten lernen, Prozesse automatisiert steuern oder menschliche Entscheidungen unterstützen sowie über das Internet kommunizieren und interagieren.

Für das Lernen und die Entscheidungsunterstützung bietet sich dabei auch der Einsatz unterschiedlicher Simulationstools an. Solche Tools werden aktuell insbesondere von KMU nur sporadisch und isoliert eingesetzt. Eine Vernetzung von Simulationssystemen untereinander und mit den realen Produktionsanlagen existiert kaum.

Vor diesem Hintergrund starteten zehn Unternehmen und Institute das Forschungsvorhaben SEAMLESS (Simulationsgestützte assistenzsystem-basierende Engineering- und Maintenance-Dienstleistungen für Lean Aftersales-Services). Ziel ist die Entwicklung und Bereitstellung von Simulationstools auf einer cloudbasierten Plattform „Simulation enhanced Assessment as a Service (SeAaaS)“, die es Anwendern erlaubt, unterschiedliche Simulatoren synergetisch zu kombinieren und für smarte Services zu nutzen.

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