Making production data accessible and linking it intelligently – existing machine tools are converted into Cyber Physical manufacturing systems (CPPS) and made cloud-capable. Process, operating, resource and planning data, as well as additional context information, are processed by granular services and made available in the secure cloud platform Virtual Fort Knox. Engineers are able to depict and analyze this data as required using configurable engineering apps (eApps). They can also initiate processes, such as for planning maintenance contracts or process optimizations as well as the immediate detection of critical process states.

The research and development project “eApps4Production” is supported by funds from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the general concept of research for manufacturing of tomorrow, Project Number 02PJ2560, and managed by the project sponsor Karlsruhe (PTKA). The author assumes full responsibility for the contents of this publication.