Industry 4.0 is the German strategy for digitization of the manufacturing industry. However, Industry 4.0 is relevant for all kinds of industries and has been accepted as a digital strategy for industry all over the world. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are systems with embedded software, integrated in for example:
- Production Systems and equipment
- Transportation means
- Medical processes
- Logistic processes
Cyber-Physical Systems gather data with production-integrated sensors and metrology systems in real-time. They record and analyse data for the creation of models, interact actively with actors of the physical and digital world, as well as with humans, and are connected via digital communication interfaces with their selves and with the Internet of Things (IoT).
Digitalization of the manufacturing industry
The research project CPS Plant will develop a framework for the Norwegian approach for the digital manufacturing industry: A road map of new digital (Industry 4.0) technologies, and a demonstration and evaluation of new technologies for CPS where decision support through simulation capacities improves overall plant efficiency (OEE).
The CPS Plant consortium consists of 3 Norwegian industry partners, Norsk Hydro, Benteler Automotive and Hycast, and SINTEF Digital and NTNU (Trondheim and Gjovik) are the academic partners. SINTEF Manufacturing is the project leader.