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IOTA for real-life industrial applications

grandcentrix and WZL of RWTH Aachen join forces

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University is cur-rently researching the "Internet of Production" - the core of the Industrial Internet of Things, which paves the way into a future era of production.

The Internet of Production (IoP) describes a real-time, secure availability of information at any time and any place. Generated information is formed into a multilateral and high-volume digital shadow of produc-tion. Pattern recognition follows through precise and continuous data analysis. Pattern recognition enables predictive decision support as a second step on the way to controlled production. Systematic learning from the data creates the considerable additional benefit of the Internet of Production. Agile, highly iterative product development becomes just as possible as the fast, error-free implementation of a change request in series production. The competitive advantage of aggregated information in real time enables new di-mensions of adaptation and agility in implementation.

In this context, the suitability of current technologies for transferring and implementing the vision of the In-ternet of Production into industrial practice is evaluated. "The multidimensional Directed-Acyclic-Graph (DAG) technology developed by the non-profit IOTA Foundation based in Berlin represents a more promis-ing component of a novel machine-to-machine communication whose suitability for an industrial applica-tion is to be independently developed and tested by our researchers," said Dr.-Ing. Daniel Trauth, chief en-gineer at the Chair of Manufacturing Technology and Head of the Machine Learning in Production Engi-neering working group at the WZL.

Generated information is formed into the multilateral and high-volume digital shadow of production. Pattern recognition follows through precise and continuous data analysis. Pattern recognition enables predictive decision support as a second step on the way to controlled production. Systematic learning from the data creates the considerable additional benefit of the Internet of Production. Agile, highly iterative product de-velopment becomes just as possible as the fast, error-free implementation of a "change request" in series production. The competitive advantage of aggregated information in real time enables new dimensions of adaptation and agility in implementation.

Compared to blockchain-based systems, DAG ("Tangle") technology offers the possibility of transporting and storing data points in a tamper-proof, manufacturer-independent and fast manner. In contrast to clas-sic blockchain technologies, IOTA knows no transaction fees and thus enables business models that re-quire the exchange of nanopayments, i.e. the loss-free settlement of very small amounts.

Specifically, an industrial fineblanking system "Feintool XFT 2500speed“ at the Chair of Manufacturing Technology will be used as an example to investigate how individual process states, production steps and component properties can be mapped digitally in a distributed supply chain network. This will enable customers of fineblanking technolo-gy to trace the production history for the first time.



In future, the WZL will rely on a cooperation with grandcentrix GmbH, one of the most modern system houses for Internet of Things productions and smart products. This cooperation makes it possible to realize the vision of the Internet of Production with the know-how and methods of a successful IT company.

grandcentrix brings technical coaching, architecture and the experience from numerous major Internet of Things projects as well as best practices in industrial, agile product development to the table. The joint
development team currently has one of the most attractive labs for the development of digital, networked products in Cologne. grandcentrix supports the free IOTA network itself with some of the most powerful IOTA nodes and has direct contact to the IOTA core developers through its commitment on the board of directors of the IOTA Foundation.

"Behind IOTA is the great vision of an open, royalty-free, transactional backbone for the Internet of Things. Anyone who deals intensively with the idea of data marketplaces and machine-to-machine economies knows that centrally organized platforms will never pave the way for networked business models. In order to actually tap the far-reaching potential of the Internet of Things, a new kind of decentralized platform is simply needed. In our tenth year at grandcentrix we are exclusively focused on the networking of hardware and software. We are delighted to be able to bring these technologies into industrial application in coopera-tion with the renowned RWTH Aachen University." Ralf Rottmann, Managing Partner grandcentrix and Member of the Board of Directors IOTA Foundation

The project starts in April 2018.

Contact WZL:
Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. Daniel Trauth
Chief Engineer
Tel: +49 241 80-27999
d.trauth@wzl.rwth-aachen.de


Contact grandcentrix GmbH:
Chantal Wollschläger
Marketing Manager
Tel: +49 221 677 860-32
chantal.wollschlaeger@grandcentrix.net

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