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Eclipse BaSyx & BaSys 4.0

Eclipse BaSyx is the open source platform for next generation automation. Our mission is to provide a free software platform that enables all interested parties, large and small industries, research institutes, academia, and interested persons, to participate and to shape the fourth industrial revolution. We believe that the availability of a free reference technology platform is a key success factor for the Industrie 4.0. Eclipse BaSyx therefore provides common and re-useable Industrie 4.0 components and an SDK that supports the development of new Industrie 4.0 software components to enable the rapid development of Industrie 4.0 solutions. This Eclipse BaSyx platform furthermore will provide reference application scenarios for common Industrie 4.0 challenges. Eclipse BaSyx is actively supported by the BaSys 4.0 (Homepage, in German) research project, which is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF, grant no. 01IS16022). BaSys 4.0 researches and specifies key concepts of Industrie 4.0, participates in standardization activities, and integrates existing standards and technologies into an Industrie 4.0 middleware.

BaSyx Project Documentation

Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution. Each of the past three industrial revolutions had a significant impact on productivity, but also on production processes and production concepts:

Four industrial revolutions - by Christoph Roser at
  • The first industrial revolution did happen at the end of the 18th century. The introduction of water and steam powered machines did trigger this industrial revolution. The availability of machines did support human workers and enabled a more efficient production of numerous goods.
  • The second industrial revolution was based on the principle of the division of labor. Electricity and the conveyor belt enabled mass-production that was the foundation for the availability of cheap, mass-produced goods. Many workers that did work on the conveyor belt had to perform repetitive tasks for each product with a defined frequency to ensure constant production.
  • The third industrial revolution is based on electronics and IT. More and more simple, repetitive production steps were automated with e.g. robots. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) enabled the automation of factories. Machines did take over more and more production tasks, and were increasingly substituting human workers in factories.
  • The fourth industrial revolution is based on the end-to-end digitalization and end-to-end networking of production. By connecting formerly unconnected entities of production facilities, production is not only becoming more efficient, but also new business models become possible.

The first tree industrial revolutions did enable and improve the cheap mass production. Improving of cheap mass production is however only one aspect of the fourth industrial revolution. Other aspects of Industrie 4.0 is the enabling of new business models and the efficient production of smaller lot sizes. The digitalization of production processes enables the efficient production of small lot sizes, a mass customization. One vison of Industrie 4.0 is to provide the ability to produce individualized and tailored products with the same efficiency as large numbers of mass produced items. The connection of devices and IT-systems enables big data analytics that support early detection of defects and prediction of production failures. This increases productivity and presents unplanned downtimes of production lines. Big data processing requires the analysis of massive amounts of data. It makes sense to collect this data from multiple data sources, e.g. multiple companies. Industrie 4.0 enables the business of specific analysis companies that analyze data from 3rd parties to optimize production for their customers.

The BaSys 4.0 middleware provides supports Industrie 4.0 application scenarios with open source components and open interfaces that enable connectivity of production entities.

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