Terminology regarding Industry 4.0 (glossary of the VDI GMA technical committee 7.21 »Industry 4.0«)

The VDI GMA technical committee 7.21 »Industry 4.0«, under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Epple from the RWTH Aachen, is working on a basis for the understanding of the standard terminologies, reference models and architectural concepts for Industry 4.0.

This is happening on the basis and for further devolpment of the existing standardization in the area.

Within Industry 4.0 the languages of production and information and communication technology (ICT) are growing together. There are however differences and unclarities regarding the terminlogies of Industry 4.0 which have historical reasons. The workgroup »Terminology« under the direction of Mrs. Dr.-Ing. Miriam Schleipen from the Fraunhofer IOSB is working on a common »basis« (terminology) of Industry 4.0 in terms of linguistic and mental contructs. Existing norms and standards of the areas of ICT and production are the base for these constructs.

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CPS Platform

Implementation of a communication and system infrastructure with necessary management and production services and defined QoS (quality of service) characteristics for the efficient construction and integration of CPS for an application domain. 

Cyber-Physical Production System – CPPS

CPS which is used in production.

Cyber-Physical System

In implementation, this means that companies connect their operating resources, machines and logistics systems increasingly online in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), if required on a global scale. This opens up new possibilities for an intelligent production, in which all objects are steering each other’s by means of the independent exchange of data and information. In this way, industrial processes can be improved fundamentally in engineering, the use of materials and production, supply chain and life cycle management.

System which links real (physical) objects and processes with information-processing (virtual) objects and processes via open, in some cases global, and constantly interconnected information networks. 

Note: A CPS optionally uses services available locally or remotely, has human-machine interfaces, and offers the possibility of dynamic adaptation of the system at runtime.