The digitalisation of industrial production makes it more and more important to present the entire life cycle of a product as a comprehensive model. Models reduce complex realities to the essentials and therefore allow for functional representations of complex structures and processes to be created. The complexity of product life cycles is increasing mainly because developers, manufacturers, suppliers and customers will be even more connected in the future – both in product development and production. This means that it will no longer be enough to model connections in pairs only. Industrial production needs to be modelled as a complete system because most system components are indirectly connected. The aim of such comprehensive modelling is to ultimately increase flexibility in the production process to potentially reduce the minimum quantity of a product to one (cf. Heidel et al. 2017). …

Quelle / Link: Reference Architecture Models for Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing and IoT

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