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ICT-Architecture design for a remote laboratory of industrial coupled tanks system

  • Different network architectures are being used to build remote laboratories. Historically, it has been difficult to integrate industrial control systems with higher level IT systems like enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and manufacturing operations management (MOM). Getting these systems to communicate with one another has proven to be relatively difficult due to the absence of shared protocols between them. The Open Platform Communications United Architecture (OPC-UA) protocol was introduced as a remedy for this issue and is gaining popularity, but what if open-source protocols that are widely used in the IT industry could be used instead? This paper presents the development of an IT-Architecture for a cyber-physical industrial control systems laboratory that enables a seamless interconnection and integration of its elements. The architecture utilises Node-Red technology. Node-RED is an open-source programming platform developed by IBM that is focused on making it simple to link physical components, APIs, and web services. This cyber-physical laboratory is for learning principles of an industrial cascaded process control factory. Finally, this text will also discuss future work relating to digital twin (DT). A coupled tank system is selected as a teaching factory to illustrate a range of fluid control application in a typical chemical process factory.

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Author of HS ReutlingenNotholt, Antonio; Bacher, Nico; Krause, Jens
Erschienen in:Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Learning Factories (CLF 2023), 9-11 May 2023, Reutlingen
Place of publication:Elsevier
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2023
Tag:Node-RED; S7-1500; coupled tank system; cyber-physical laboratories; digital twin (DT); learning factory; process control
Page Number:10
First Page:1
Last Page:10
DDC classes:670 Industrielle und handwerkliche Fertigung
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Open Access