industrie 4.0


IEP® Automation Cloud



It is Industry 4.0 when components communicate independently with the production plant and, if necessary, initiate repairs themselves - when people, machines and industrial processes network intelligently.


In industry 4.0, production is interlinked with state-of-the-art information and communication technology. This enables us to produce tailor-made products according to individual customer requirements - cost-effectively and in high quality.


Industry 4.0 Concepts require a high level of networking and communication between devices and services. From the sensor to the IT level, countless data must be exchanged. PC- and server-based controllers with the corresponding encryption technologies are predestined for this task.


The control algorithms now require self-learning neuroinformatic software systems such as IEP® neuro controlling of recirculating air cooling units (ULK) and servers with CUDA GPU processors, which can only be economically provided in a cloud application.


The SOA PLC (Service Oriented Architecture) provides the corresponding information technology model.


From the user's point of view, all communication scenarios can generally be differentiated into three contexts of the communication architecture:


  • in services with cyclic high real time (? 20ms): automation context with fail-safe function (local customer installation)
  • in services with cyclical real-time: processing context (Cloud installation) with access to real-time data (iPhone, PC, MAC, Google Glass?, iPAD etc.)
  • in services with soft real time (? 15 minutes): IT context (cloud installation with interface to customer IT)  



B2B communication:


Two business processes communicate with each other: For example, an ERP application such as SAP exchanges information/data warehousing information with the IEP® Business Intelligence System (energy consumption, performance, efficiency data, KPIs, energy costs on cost center, etc.). The replacement can last from the minute range to the week range or year range.


B2M communication:


A process with cyclic real time communicates with other programs in real time. Example: a power and energy monitoring server exchanges energy consumption information with a PLC or a measuring device and stores it in an SQL database. The SQL database is later evaluated by a business intelligence application (Big Data Analysis/Data Warehousing). A high-precision time server ensures data integrity. The data is visualized in 3D. Access is via a penetration-proof and secure connection via PC, laptop, iPhone, iPAD or MAC.


M2M communication:


Two processes in the automation category (cloud and local) communicate with each other in hard or soft real time. Example: local fail-safe control of AHU (Air Handling Units) with the superior neuronal learning control software for consumption energy minimization in the data center or at different data center locations.


Communication will no longer be based on pure data and interoperability of data communication (protocols such as Modbus, BACnet, Profibus, LON etc.), but on the secure and protected exchange of information models and thus on semantic interoperability.


Data transmission security through encryption, thread prevention and penetration resistance of all applications is of utmost importance. Meeting the requirements of BSI 100:2013 is now a "must" in the implementation of such services.


An appropriately constructed and certified cloud automation system, which is implemented in a TUEV Level 2+ Trusted Data Center in NRW/Germany, offers the highest level of protection for this purpose, ensuring that the data does not fall into "foreign" hands and that the integrity of the data is made available to the company's internal business processes at all times.


This is ensured by thread prevention, penetration resistance of all applications and encryption up to BSI VS-NfD and NATO conformity. A team of Internet security specialists specified the interfaces and applications for the cloud automation applications and implemented them in a secure and 100% fail-safe manner. 


An end-to-end model of the automation cloud from "data collection, rules, 3D visualization to business intelligence (Big Data) analysis and provision of the data to an ERP system is available in a secure and highly available automation cloud environment that follows the BSI-100:2013 standard without exception.


For maximum reliability of the IEP® Automation Cloud applications, a further Level 2+ Trusted Data Center (Backup Datacenter/ Dual Site Data Center) is available in real time, which is connected via a real-time Layer 2 connection with encryption according to BSI VS-NfD and Nato conformity.