Alternatives for Flexible Deployment Architectures in Industrial Automation Systems

Sten Grüner, Somayeh Malakuti, Johannes Schmitt, Tarik Terzimehić, Monika Wenger und Haitham Elfham

23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA),

September 2018 · DOI: 10.1109/ETFA.2018.8502526


One of the main challenges of future industrial systems is to flexibly (re)deploy control applications on hardware controllers - a feature that is missing in most state of the art automation systems. Due to the heterogeneous structure of control systems, e.g. different standards and hardware, a silver bullet architecture for flexible deployment seems to be infeasible. Instead we propose an abstract architecture covering different concrete reconfiguration system architectures along with a taxonomy for design decisions for the realization of such a system. The capability of the abstract architecture is demonstrated by mapping three fundamentally different concrete reconfiguration system architectures and is verified on an industrial use case of a logistic system of an aluminum cold rolling plant.

Stichworte: MbSE, model-based systems engineering, deployment, reconfiguration