In the world of Industry 4.0, production will be distributed and flexible. Production lines will become modular and reconfigurable so that the product can be adapted to the needs of its users. CEA-List researchers are addressing these flexibility issues by using their Papyrus platform, a unique generalist modeling and simulation environment. They use it here to model the different aspects of the production system, considering different points of view.
As part of the CanvAAS* project (EIT Manufacturing), they have applied their expertise in digitizing the factory to facilitate the exchange of information between its various equipment, applications and services. Thanks to Papyrus, they have proposed a tool for modeling and automatically deploying the digital interfaces of this equipment, making it possible to meet the need for interoperability and connectivity in the factory.
In the European DIMOFAC project, led by CEA-Liten, CEA-List researchers have capitalized on the results of CanvAAS to develop a “toolbox” that can be used by manufacturers to simulate different reconfiguration strategies before deployment in the field. In particular, they have designed a software that guides the user in the creation of a functional digital twin of his production line. The methodology is currently being tested and validated on six production lines at the project’s industrial partners. Ultimately, the project aims to reduce reconfiguration time by more than 20% and overall production costs by 15%. This ambition is made possible by the standardization efforts made in the digital twins at both the “micro” (module) and “macro” (production lines) levels.
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