Framework for distributed industrial automation and control
The importance of software in industrial automation is continuously increasing. This is accompanied by a significant growth in its complexity. Conventional approaches in the development and maintenance of control software are already pushed to the limit and are causing unacceptably high costs. New paths must be taken to get the software for future automation systems under control.
4diac provides an environment for the development of new methods and tools. They reduce the burden on the software developer and, at the same time, support him in creating higher quality control programs.
4diac also allows evaluating these programs in an industrial grade setting. All work related to 4diac is framed in the context of the IEC 61499 standard for distributed, adaptive control and automation systems.
Based on the 4diac environment, work on the following topics is performed at fortiss:
Moreover, insights related to the modelling methodology of IEC 61499 that were gained during this work are transferred towards the further development of the standard.
4diac itself is open-source software and is provided royalty-free under the Eclipse Public License 1.0, which also allows for commercial use.