Industrial Communication Technology

FIND: Future Industrial Network Architecture

01.01.2017 bis 30.06.2020


A wide variety of systems are working together in a modern production plant. Examples of such systems are robots, CNC machines, sensors, and control devices. For communication technologies, it is a great challenge to network all of these systems and their components in such a way that they meet the requirements of flexibility and self-organisation. Current internet or mobile radio technologies, which are already in widespread use today, do not yet achieve this to the necessary extent. The use of corresponding technologies brings considerable cost advantages, which have so far only been used in production to a very limited extent.



The aim of the project FIND is to develop concepts for the efficient, safe, and user-friendly networking of systems in production plants for Industrie 4.0. An architecture is being created that brings together the communication of existing systems and their components and those to be newly developed. Current developments in the fifth generation of mobile communications (5G), such as cloud and virtualisation technologies, are being taken into account. One of the most important results is the design and implementation of a new type of network control system. This guarantees, for example, that connected components, such as sensors or actuators, meet their requirements for data rates and real-time capability. Other research topics include the development of control algorithms, interfaces, and adapters for integrating systems into the FIND architecture. This creates a complex management system that not only gives users a higher-level view of all network resources involved, but also enables central control over the individual components.



The solutions developed in the FIND project enable the integration of systems and components of production plants as well as the management of complex communication networks in the context of Industrie 4.0. The use of the latest Internet and mobile technologies brings significant cost advantages. The new FIND architecture is used, for example, in access management, which ensures continuous traceability of all aspects of a production process. With the help of a uniform security model, the user-friendly presentation of all security-relevant processes is also made possible. With FIND, the user has control over the entire production process. The results achieved in the project are also made available to small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. FIND thus creates access to the advantages of Industry 4.0 for all companies.

This project is promoted by:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Sponsors: VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Funding Code: 16KIS0572
Funding Lines: IKT 2020 – Forschung für Innovationen
Stakeholders / Contacts: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lukasz Wisniewski
Marco Ehrlich, M. Sc.¹, Marco Ehrlich, M. Sc., Dennis Krummacker, C. Fischer, René Guillaume, S. Soler Perez Olaya, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ansah Frimpong, Hermann de Meer, Martin Wollschlaeger, Hans D. Schotten, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Jasperneite
Software-Defined Networking as an Enabler for Future Industrial Network Management
In: 2018 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), Sep 2018
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SDN und TSN als Enabler für das industrielle Internet der Zukunft
In: Nationales Symposium IP45G "Future Industrial Communication, Sep 2018
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Quality-of-Service Monitoring of Hybrid Industrial Communication Networks
In: at - Automatisierungstechnik 67 (1), Special Issue: Methods for a reliable wireless communication in the industry, Jan 2019
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Mainak Majumder, M. Sc.¹, Mainak Majumder, M. Sc., S. Soler Perez Olaya, Marco Ehrlich, M. Sc., Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lukasz Wisniewski, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Jasperneite, Martin Wollschlaeger
Work-in-Progress: Semantic Knowledge Base as a Solution for Heterogeneous Industrial Network Management
In: IEEE WFCS 2020, Apr 2020
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Festo SE & Co. KG
HMS Technology Center Ravensburg GmbH
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