Practical example and current challenges
- The vision of future industrial production is shared production. New value-added networks are created for each order. The configuration of these value-added networks can be orchestrated via appropriate platforms. Shared production would completely revolutionise the current system of value chains
- The challenge for the realisation of such ad hoc value-added networks is the permanently possible interoperability and interconnectivity of the actors of constantly reconfiguring value-added networks, which is not possible today. This is associated with the necessary continuous access to data and machines for production across factories and companies.
- The use case shows data-driven networking along the value chain. The focus is on the production and differentiation of products via software.
What added value does the "GAIA-X project" offer?
- Without GAIA-X, shared production for companies would not be possible or not so easy to implement. GAIA-X facilitates an open and modular approach to production, enabling companies to work more closely and transparently with each other across company boundaries in a production process. This makes it possible to manufacture new products in which individual companies can take over individual production steps.
- Furthermore, in addition to production partners, the company's own suppliers or end customers can be seamlessly connected and informed in real time about the production process. The control of the production and the value-added networks is data-driven, whereby the ownership rights to the data remain guaranteed.
- As in normal value chains, the collection and processing of data can open up potentials for new business models. The difference here is that the potentials could be further increased by the formation of ad hoc value-added networks and new business models could be developed (jointly) in each case.
- This Use Case has already been tested as a German-Dutch demonstrator for a 3D production environment for individualised USB sticks. Methodologically, the Use Case is the further development of the implementation of Industry 4.0 in a factory or in a company by integrating machines and associated cloud services. The integration is carried out across company boundaries, whereby it is not machines but value-added partners that are constantly being integrated in order to fulfil a particular production order.
Use Case Team
- Stephan Hamm – Technology Initiative SmartFactoryKL e.V.
- Maria Christina Bienek– German Edge Cloud
- Plamen Kiradjiev – IBM
- Peter van Harten – Smart Industries TNO (Netherlands)