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Volume 64, Issue 1


Engineering and integration of automation devices in I40 systems

Engineering und Integration von Automatisierungsgeräten in I40-Systeme

Christian Diedrich
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Published Online: 2016-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auto-2015-0018


The German project “Industrie 4.0” requests for new concepts which fulfill the requirements of digital based production. One of these concepts is the industry 4.0 component (I40 component). This paper describes the architecture and application fields of I40 components. It is shown how device description technology is used to build an I40 component. This is a solid basis to integrate automation devices in I40 systems.


Das Zukunftsprojekt Industrie 4.0 erfordert es, neue Konzepte zu entwickeln, die die Anforderungen digitaler Produktion erfüllen. Eines davon ist die I40 Komponente. In diesem Beitrag werden die Architektur und die Anwendungsfelder von I40 Komponenten vorgestellt. Es wird gezeigt, wie die Gerätebeschreibungstechnologie I40 Komponenten für Automatisierungsgeräte umsetzt. Dies schafft die Basis für die Integration von Automatisierungsgeräte in das Engineering von I40 Systemen.

Schlagwörter: Industrie 4.0; Automatisierungsgeräte; Gerätebeschreibung; I40 Komponente; Software Entwurfsmuster

Keywords: Industrie 4.0; automation devices; device description; I40 component; software design pattern

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Christian Diedrich

Christian Diedrich has a German Diplom Ingenieur degree in Electrical Engineering with the option Automation since 1985 and got his PhD in 1994 in the field of semi-formal specification of fieldbus interfaces and fieldbus profiles. He deals with fieldbus systems and field devices and their integration in distributed automation systems since 1990. His activity field covers the entire engineering life cycle of field devices of production systems. He has worked in many German and European research and development projects (main topics are industrial communication, engineering of automation systems, formal description methods as well as information and knowledge modelling) and is active in national and international standardisation activities. Mr Diedrich is deputy head of ifak e.V. Magdeburg since 2005 and holds the chair of “Integrated Automation” at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg-Germany since April 2006. He is head of the Institute of Control Technology of the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg.

ifak e.V. Magdeburg, Werner-Heisenberg-Str. 1, 39106 Magdeburg, Tel.: (+49) 9901 411; Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Institut für Automatisierungstechnik, PF 4120, 39016 Magdeburg, Tel. +49(0)391 67 18 499

Matthias Riedl

Matthias Riedl has studied Computer Science. Since 1994 he is with ifak, handling projects for device management, including Device Description technologies, developing of several commercial commissioning tools and is involved in standardization activities. Furthermore, he is involved in handling of Function Block and object oriented automation systems especially for IEC 61131 based controllers. For EDDL Mr Riedl has worked in CENELEC standardisation group, publishing the first international standard for EDDL in 2002. He played also an active part in the EDDL certification group of ECT (EDDL Cooperation Team – technical background for IEC standardisation of EDDL), he is member of working groups of PROFIBUS International supporting EDDL standardisation. Mr. Riedl has got his PhD in 2005 in the field of distributed objectorient control systems. At ifak Mr Riedl is responsible for the department ICT & Automation. In this department EDDL components, as the “isEDD Workbench” including a complete EDDL Interpreter or specific devices used for test of PROFIsafe F-Host or FDI-Host were developed.

ifak e.V. Magdeburg, Werner-Heisenberg-Str. 1, 39106 Magdeburg

Accepted: 2015-11-24

Received: 2015-02-24

Published Online: 2016-01-20

Published in Print: 2016-01-28

Citation Information: at - Automatisierungstechnik, Volume 64, Issue 1, Pages 41–50, ISSN (Online) 2196-677X, ISSN (Print) 0178-2312, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auto-2015-0018.

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