Describes a proof-of-concept implementation which is envisioned as part of the IMA (Information Modelling in Automation) project. The proof-of-concept focuses on the design and implementation of communication interfaces in a manufacturing plant and their demonstration in a model-scale environment. In order to showcase the InExFlex design a demo was made described in the demo document [download]. This demo was shown at the OPC Europe Day 2013 in Amersfoort and on the Macq 90 event in Brussels.
IMA Research Project
Many concepts of electronic industrial communications in production environments have been designed and implemented to support the goal of "fully integrated" industrial plants. A variety of requirements must be met to enable communication throughout a plant from the field level (PLC, microcontrollers) through process management (SCADA, MES) up to the enterprise level (ERP). In response to these requirements, a wide range of industrial protocols and fieldbusses were been developed. The advantages of OPC U...