Industry 4.0 promises to optimize the industrial processes, allowing to design and build more complex products, usually “smart” and connected, faster and more efficiently. Industry 4.0 will not only invent new products but also new services, as mass customization, predictive maintenance, online upgrade of products after they are sold (in the same way that software has come to be updated), etc.
Industry 4.0 will leverage networked production systems to produce new generations of smart and connected systems. Smart manufacturing processes will be applied to the development of smart systems, known also as cyber-physical systems or CPS using the Internet of the Things terminology. A Smart system can be defined as a co-engineered interacting network of physical and computational components.
A relevant part of this optimization will be achieved by adopting a design-centric workflow, supported by digital product models, understanding as such a virtual model of the product containing all the elements of mechanical, electrical, electronics and software and its virtual interactions. Under the Industry 4.0 model, product design and development will take place in simulated laboratories and utilize digital fabrication models. Only in this way companies will be able to develop and upgrade smart products faster and at a competitive price to success in the market.
Modeling & Simulation (M&S) technologies and platforms must evolve in order to meet the new requirements requested by Industry 4.0. In the same way that the industry embraces the IoT concepts, both in their life cycle processes and the products and services they provide to the customers, support technologies as is M&S must evolve to the network, embracing the new concept of the Internet of the Simulations or IoS. IoS is about the evolution of the simulation products and solutions from their proprietary and stovepipe architectures, designed to work standalone, to Net-Centric, open and interoperable solutions ready to connect and collaborate with smart systems.
IoS allows to deploy the models and simulations as services in the Cloud, enabling new business models as M&S as a Service (MSaaS), Simulation Platforms as a Service (SPaaS) or Web based Training (WBT). IoS is a lever for many key processes in the engineering life cycle of a smart product, from its conception to its deployment, enabling important improvements in productivity, collaboration and lead times.
IoS requires a new "technology infrastructure", that allows to provide simulation services with a hybrid deployment, combining some components onsite and others on the cloud. Our Simware platform is the leading networked technological infrastructure for IoS. It is providing the mechanisms to connect the simulators to the network and to share data between the publishers and subscribers or consumers of the data. Simware is the first and only microservices architecture for simulation in the market, specifically designed to support the development of real time and Net-Centric simulation products as the integration of many small and easily manageable components.
Simware platform is useful both as a development technical framework and as an integration and deployment infrastructure. Simware is an agile and flexible set of tools, libraries and APIs that supports the whole life cycle of the system engineering of any smart product : from its conception to its retirement.
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