The Smart MiniFab: An Industrial IoT Demonstrator Anywhere at Any Time
The fourth industrial revolution is predicted to be one major topic in the upcoming decades, affecting nearly every industrial facility. The key enabler for the successful integration of corresponding developments are well-trained engineers with elaborated knowledge in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
This paper introduces a concept enabling engineering students to gain the required skills for the upcoming challenges connected with the fourth industrial revolution. Therefore, the Smart MiniFab was developed - a demonstrator of an industrial facility primed for the implementation and the analysis of different IIoT concepts on a small scale. Due to the modular structure of the system, students can use the demonstrator to programmatically implement the functionality of an entire facility from scratch or to test only certain new concepts. The hardware can be programmed via remote access from anywhere at any time, while live feedback is provided through a webcam and different other communication possibilities directly within the remote access application.
While the Smart MiniFab was already the HW environment of different student projects, a new lab course is currently under development which enables the access to the Smart MiniFab for a broad number of students.
KeywordsIndustrial Internet Internet of Things Smart production demonstrator Innovative lab course
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