BaSys 4.2

BaSys 4.2

An open platform for the fourth industrial revolution

BaSys 4.2

Development of an open system that forms the basis for the 4th industrial revolution with the goal of realizing easily-adaptable production systems.

Project description

The economy is on the threshold of a 4th industrial revolution. Against the backdrop of economic challenges in Germany, the purpose of digitalization is to enable manufacturing companies to successfully adjust to volatile markets, new global competitors, rising numbers of product variants and more and more customer-individualized products, all the way down to batch size 1 manufacturing.

The only production systems that will be in a position to meet this challenge, plus efficiently and cost-effectively carry out small-batch manufacturing, are those that are highly-adaptable. The significant reduction in retooling costs that this environment requires calls for new types of system architectures that are centered around flexible production. The centralized control of small-batch manufacturing cannot be carried out efficiently in every case. In some environments decentralized approaches that can quickly adapt to new production characteristics are required as well. That means suitable production resources have to be quickly located, analyzed and selected.

In the BaSys4.2 project, fortiss is collaborating with the consortium partners to develop an open platform for the realization of 4th generation production systems. This involves connecting and integrating the existing technologies to enable the implementation of Industry 4.0 applications. Apart from an open source platform for digital twins in administrative shells, the consortium is also developing configuration services designed to automate or streamline the engineering and the transformation of production systems.  The planned basis system – BaSys - will be used to realize this platform as a complete “spike” that can one day be flexibly expanded as an open platform through industrial supplier products.

Research contribution

In the BaSys project, fortiss is examining processes for the automated configuration of production systems, and the corresponding components, with the aim of enabling the fast transformation of such systems required for Industry 4.0 scenarios. This approach includes on the one hand concepts for the automated or tool-supported structuring of the production control systems. On the other hand, in addition to the semi-automated adaptation of the control systems, the concepts also encompass the automated installation of new control programs and similar software components.

Project duration

01.07.2019 - 30.06.2022


 Andreas Bayha

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Project partner

ABBBosch RexrothDFKI  Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche IntelligenzECLIPSE FoundationEngRoTec GmbHFESTOFraunhofer IESEFraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung IOSBifak - Institut für Automation und Kommunikation e. V.KUKALenzePSI AGRWTH Aachen UniversityBOSCHSMS GroupSYSGO AGZF Friedrichshafen


  • 2020An Ontology-based Metamodel for Capability DescriptionsMichael Weser, Jürgen Bock, Siwara Schmitt, Alexander Perzylo and Kathrin Evers In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), pages 1679–1685, Vienna, Austria, DetailsDOIBIB
  • 2019Capability-based semantic interoperability of manufacturing resources: A BaSys 4.0 perspectiveAlexander Perzylo, Julian Grothoff, Levi Lúcio, Michael Weser, Somayeh Malakuti, Pierre Venet, Vincent Aravantinos and Torben DeppeIFAC-PapersOnLine, 52(13):1590–1596, 2019. DetailsDOIBIB
  • 2019Function Blocks for the Interaction with the Asset Administration ShellTarik Terzimehić, Andreas Bayha and Kirill Dorofeev In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), DetailsBIB
  • 2019SMT-Based Deployment Calculation in Industrial Automation DomainTarik Terzimehić, Monika Wenger, Sebastian Voss, Sten Grüner and Haitham Elfham In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), DetailsBIB
  • 2019OPC UA NodeSet Ontologies as a Pillar of Representing Semantic Digital Twins of Manufacturing ResourcesAlexander Perzylo, Stefan Profanter, Markus Rickert and Alois Knoll In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), pages 1085–1092, Zaragoza, Spain, DetailsDOIBIB
  • 2019Roadmap to Skill Based Systems EngineeringKathrin Evers, Jan R Seyler, Vincent Aravantinos, Levi Lúcio and Anees Mehdi In 24th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), pages 1093–1100, IEEE. DetailsDOIBIB
  • 2018Optimization and Reconfiguration of IEC 61499-based Software ArchitecturesTarik Terzimehić In ACM/IEEE 21st International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS) - Doctoral Symposium, DetailsBIB
  • 2018Alternatives for Flexible Deployment Architectures in Industrial Automation SystemsSten Grüner, Somayeh Malakuti, Johannes Schmitt, Tarik Terzimehić, Monika Wenger and Haitham Elfham In 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), DetailsBIB
  • 2018Using Design Space Exploration to Calculate Deployment Configurations of IEC 61499-based SystemsTarik Terzimehić, Sebastian Voss and Monika Wenger In 14th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2018), DetailsBIB
  • 2018Applying DSE for Solving the Deployment Problem in Industry 4.0Tarik Terzimehić, Sebastian Voss, Monika Wenger and Vincent Aravantinos In 14th Dagstuhl Workshop on Model-Based Development of Embedded Systems (MBEES), fortiss GmbH. DetailsBIB
  • 2018Using IEC 61499 Models for Automatic Network Configuration of Distributed Automation SystemsBen Schneider, Sebastian Voss, Monika Wenger and Alois Zoitl In 9th Vienna International Conference on Mathmatical Modelling (MATHMOD2018), DetailsPDFBIB
  • 2018Challenges in Skill-based Engineering of Industrial Automation SystemsSomayeh Malakuti, Jürgen Bock, Michael Weser, Pierre Venet, Patrick Zimmermann, Mathias Wiegand, Julian Grothoff, Constantin Wagner and Andreas Bayha In Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), IEEE. DetailsDOIBIB
  • 2018Connecting PLCs with their Asset Administration Shell for Automatic Device ConfigurationMonika Wenger, Thorsten Müller and Alois Zoitl In IEEE 16th International Conference of Industrial Informatics (INDIN), DetailsBIB
  • 2017Towards an Industry 4.0 Compliant Control Software Architecture Using IEC 61499 & OPC UATarik Terzimehić, Monika Wenger, Alois Zoitl, Andreas Bayha, Klaus Becker, Thorsten Müller and Hubertus Schauerte In IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), DetailsBIB
  • 2017Evaluating Software-defined Networking for Deterministic Communication in Distributed Industrial Automation SystemsBen Schneider, Alois Zoitl, Monika Wenger and Jan Olaf Blech In IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA), DetailsURLPDFBIB