In recent years, the discipline of Digital Transformation in manufacturing companies turned out to be a hot topic of research debate, which allowed the design and introduction of new technologies and tools able to exploit the potential of the data produced by the shop floor assets. This increased interest in data generation and management has however highlighted a crucial issue about the lack of standardised models and structures to share these data and ensure interoperability. Among the several concepts proposed by the recent initiatives devoted to solving or mitigating this issue, Asset Administration Shell (AAS) is increasing in popularity, given its potential in providing standardised and modular information about the assets and events represented. This paper deals with a demonstration of the easiness of integration of AAS in pre-existing software architecture, allowing higher flexibility and a better understanding of the ongoing processes: a production line has been indeed entirely represented with modular AAS metamodels and it has been used to feed a Digital Model representing the line configuration. The use case proposed proves the effectiveness of the obtained solution when used for virtual commissioning operations.

Asset Administration Shell as an interoperable enabler of Industry 4.0 software architectures: a case study

Quadrini, Walter;Cimino, Chiara;Ahmed, Tasnim;Fumagalli, Luca;
2023-01-01

Abstract

In recent years, the discipline of Digital Transformation in manufacturing companies turned out to be a hot topic of research debate, which allowed the design and introduction of new technologies and tools able to exploit the potential of the data produced by the shop floor assets. This increased interest in data generation and management has however highlighted a crucial issue about the lack of standardised models and structures to share these data and ensure interoperability. Among the several concepts proposed by the recent initiatives devoted to solving or mitigating this issue, Asset Administration Shell (AAS) is increasing in popularity, given its potential in providing standardised and modular information about the assets and events represented. This paper deals with a demonstration of the easiness of integration of AAS in pre-existing software architecture, allowing higher flexibility and a better understanding of the ongoing processes: a production line has been indeed entirely represented with modular AAS metamodels and it has been used to feed a Digital Model representing the line configuration. The use case proposed proves the effectiveness of the obtained solution when used for virtual commissioning operations.
2023
4th International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing
Digital Twin
Asset Administration Shell
Digital Transformation
Interoperability
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