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SMITZH ‘OI4 Demonstrator’ project

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The OI4 Demonstrator is on the way!

Most actors in the producing industries have realized that better interoperability of solutions is mandatory if Industry 4.0 is expected to have a continuing impact. In the SMITZH ‘OI4 Demonstrator’ project, a large consortium of international partners will develop and realize a demonstrator to validate the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Development Guidelines and prove the feasibility of improved interoperability in the industry.

The demonstrator will also show how device data, diagnostics and prognostics can be communicated effectively and efficiently through the information pyramid. The demonstrator will be set up at the Flow Center of Excellence in the Duurzaamheidsfabriek Fieldlab, in order to align software technologies with implementation and application challenges.

Smitzh Demonstrator project with UReason

Flow Center of Excellence in the Duurzaamheidsfabriek.

Better interoperability

In recent years, practical steps into Industry 4.0 have shown a large number of different IoT platforms being implemented throughout the producing industries. The result of this heterogeneity on the platform level is an unmanageable variety of solution requirements on the edge and field connectivity levels.

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance (OI4) aims to congregate leading industry partners to drive the digitization of the factory, plant and warehouse domains and ultimately create an ecosystem by linking Information Technology with Operational Technology, while bridging the divide between operators and manufacturers or OEMs. 

Open innovation and dissemination

The demonstrator will be able to demonstrate the OI4 concept in a ‘real world’ process installation. The platform will be used for dedicated demos and other forms of dissemination e.g. workshops and white papers. Developers of products and/or services for the industry have already shown their interest in using the demonstrator for their cloud applications.

Leading consortium

The consortium behind the project is formed by leading partners in the industry. The partners in the consortium include UReason, KrohnePepperl&FuchsWAGOSamson, FOCUS-ONM&M SoftwareCodewrightsDa-Vinci college, and the Flow Center of Excellence. Together they have the right expertise and execution power to make the project technically feasible and actually develop and build the demonstrator.

The demonstrator is currently set up, hardware and software are being commissioned. We expect to have the first results in December. The project is expected to finish in Q2 of 2022.