How can the Indus­tri­al Data Space refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re models and con­nec­tors be suc­cess­ful­ly imple­men­ted and deploy­ed in prac­tice? The­se ques­ti­ons were ans­we­red by a demons­tra­tor which was pre­sen­ted by IDSA mem­ber Sie­mens at the inter­na­tio­nal tra­de fair for elec­tri­cal auto­ma­ti­on SPS IPC Dri­ves in Nurem­berg at the end of Novem­ber.

At the booth for Labs Net­work Indus­try 4.0 (LNI 4.0), Sie­mens and the Indus­tri­al Data Space Asso­cia­ti­on, toge­ther with other par­ti­ci­pa­ting com­pa­nies Pepperl&Fuchs and evo­soft, pre­sen­ted the results of a prac­tical test of the Indus­tri­al Data Space con­cepts in an imple­men­ta­ti­on of the refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re model for con­nec­tors and the infor­ma­ti­on model for Indus­tri­al Data Space.

This demons­tra­tor was an exten­si­on of the pre­sen­ta­ti­on at the Han­no­ver Mes­se (HMI) 2017 which show­ca­sed a fil­ling sta­ti­on with an admi­nis­tra­ti­on shell based on open­AAS. This was enhan­ced with IDS-com­pli­ant com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on bet­ween the sta­ti­on and the sup­plier of a fil­ling level sen­sor, Pepperl&Fuchs. Becau­se a liquid in the fil­ling pro­cess and the design of the bott­les have been chan­ged, the fil­ling level sen­sor nee­ded to under­go reca­li­bra­ti­on, the requi­re­ments of which were pro­vi­ded to the sup­plier by the sta­ti­on and the reca­li­bra­ti­on dates were then pro­vi­ded back to the sta­ti­on against payment. In this way it was pos­si­ble to show the spe­cia­list audi­ence a busi­ness-rele­vant use case per­for­ming a prac­tical demons­tra­ti­on of Indus­tri­al Data Space.

The booth, which was high­ly fre­quen­ted on all three days, invi­ted visi­tors to find out more about IDS, to under­stand the tasks and value pro­po­si­ti­on but also to dis­cuss fur­t­her requi­re­ments for com­mer­ci­al­ly fea­si­ble imple­men­ta­ti­ons. It was the­re­fo­re pos­si­ble to inte­rest new peop­le in the topic as well as to gain insights to help make pro­po­sals for the next steps at IDS. The demons­tra­tor was par­ti­cu­lar­ly appre­cia­ted by the Pre­si­dent of OPC Foun­da­ti­on, Tho­mas Bur­ke, who visi­ted the booth on the second day when he wel­co­med the demonstrator’s con­nec­tion to OPC UA.