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A cloud based research and learning factory for industrial production

  • The Digital Factory Vorarlberg is the youngest Research Center of Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. In the lab of the research center a research and learning factory has been established for educating students and employees of industrial partners. Showcases and best practice scenarios for various topics of digitalization in the manufacturing industry are demonstrated. In addition, novel methods and technologies for digital production, cloud-based manufacturing, data analytics, IT- and OT-security or digital twins are being developed. The factory comprises only a minimum core of logistics and fabrication processes to guarantee manageability within an academic setup. As a product, fidget spinners are being fabricated. A webshop allows customers to individually design their products and directly place orders in the factory. A centralized SCADA-System is the core data hub for the factory. Various data analytic tools and methods and a novel database for IoT-applications are connected to the SCADA-System. As an alternative to on premise manufacturing, orders can be pushed into a cloud-based manufacturing platform, which has been developed at the Digital Factory. A broker system allows fabrication in distributed facilities and offers various optimization services. Concepts, such as outsourcing product configuration to customers or new types of engineering services in cloud-based manufacturing can be explored and demonstrated. In this paper, we present the basic concept of the Digital Factory Vorarlberg, as well as some of the newly developed topics.

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Author:Robert Merz, Ralph HochORCiD, Damian DrexelORCiD
Parent Title (English):Procedia Manufacturing
Editor:Christian Ramsauer, Matthias Wolf, Maria Hulla
Document Type:Article
Year of publication:2020
Release Date:2020/05/05
Tag:Cloud-based research; Digital Factory; Learning Factory
Issue:Bd. 45: Learning Factories across the value chain – from innovation to service – The 10th Conference on Learning Factories 2020
First Page:215
Last Page:221
Organisationseinheit:Forschung / Forschungszentrum Digital Factory Vorarlberg
DDC classes:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Open Access?:ja
Peer review:wiss. Beitrag, peer-reviewed
Publicationlist:Merz, Robert
Drexel, Damian
Hoch, Ralph
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - NC - ND - 4.0 International - Attribution - NonCommercial –NoDerivs - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen