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Ausstattung des Smart Automation Lab

In the Smart Automation Laboratory we are turning our vision of Industrial Internet into reality. The laboratory is used for research and teaching in the fields of production and automation systems and indirectly on applied investigation of business processes. It consists of three manufacturing cells (a lathe, a 3D-printer and a milling machine), a material handling system, an assembly robot and other industrial robots connecting the manufacturing cells and assembly robots with the material handling system. All components are equipped with computer systems to know their own status and gain the ability to communicate with other components and services. Services such as order management, energy management and quality monitoring control key tasks of the production system. The production control itself takes place through an agent-based system with decentralized scheduling. Additionally Internet data, such as material and energy prices are taken into account when planning. An important aspect of research in the laboratory is investigating the role of employees in such an environment and how information and communication technology can be used to facilitate working.