Industrie 4.0 implementations in the automotive industry

To address the challenges imposed by the adoption of new technology to realise the Industrial Internet also known as Industrie 4.0, manufacturing companies are recognising the need to set up and manage “intelligent test factories”. The result is networks of cyber-physical systems (CPS) where software interfaces and services are developed to support interoperability between physical and control structures. A test factory using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as a first generation enabler of CPS in industrial production systems is presented in this paper. The research outlined in this paper describes the first generation of CPS that uses identification technologies such as RFID tags embedded into engine components and their carries, which allow unique identification. Data storage, processing and analytics are also provided to support real-time algorithmic intelligent services that may be used in manufacturing operations including supply chain logistics, quality audits and manufacturing strategies.