Engineering Environment Integration for More Productivity in Complex Automation Projects

The New Platform

Together with industrial partner logi.cals a new Christian Doppler Laboratory at the Vienna University of Technology is developing an integration platform called Automation Service Bus®.
This development is based upon the concept of the „Enterprise Service Bus”, which has been successfully established for software integration in company IT sections.

In order to make the engineering process transparent and to organize a systematic data exchange, a so-called web-based Engineering Cockpit is being developed, based on the „Automation Service Bus®“ (ASB). Due to the systematic integration of the relevant data models of the tools used in the project, this allows a project and process view across disciplines and domains.

"Software Engineering Integration for Flexible Automation Systems"

In the Christian Doppler Laboratory SE-Flex-AS at the Technical University (TU) Vienna, researchers from informatics and electrical engineering start from industrial use cases to develop approaches for

  1. technical integration of software tools and
  2. semantic integration of knowledge models across engineering disciplines.

Design Environment for the Industrial Automation Sector

Project period: 2008-2010
Project status: finished February 2, 2011-03-10

MEDEIA - Aim and goal

The goal of MEDEIA was to methodically target, research and develop a formal framework support-ing a new modeling method to fulfil the increasing design and engineering needs in the industrial automation sector. 
Moreover, the project aimed at the creation of a new intuitive modelling and design framework for embedded control systems.

Im Projekt logi.DIAG wurde eine Methode (Test-Driven Automation) zur Entwicklung von Automatisierungslösungen für Industrieanlagen erforscht. Das Projekt wurde Anfang 2011 abgeschlossen.

Projekt-Koordinator: logi.cals kirchner SOFT GmbH

The project FRONTICS aims at researching and developing methods to fully support model-driven development of software applications for distributed realtime automations systems. The key innovation is the development of an overall workflow including the modelling of communication relationsships. Using this communication model it is possible to autonomously configure communication parameters of all participating devices within heterogenous networks.

Automation systems typically consist of large number of different sensors and actuators to perform control and measurement tasks. Therefore a domain expert has to deal with a large amount of different technologies which complicates the design and engineering phase as well as the ramp-up and operation of these systems. Consequently the necessary development cycles must be kept short in time. In order to significantly reduce the development cycles in automation, control, and measurement (ACM) applications a sophisticated, holistic design and engineering approach will be used. 

Project period: 2005-2007
Project status: finished

εCEDAC aims at delivering innovations necessary for model driven, component based development of safe, downtimeless, distributed embedded control and fault-tolerant, controlled evolution of industrial automation and control systems during their adaptation. εCEDAC introduces a new Evolution Control Modelling Language (εCML) as a main innovation. The second essential innovation of this project is a novel hardware capability model for a new calculus featuring a detailed vector of actually available computing resources in a system.