Virtual Factory Open Operating System

Summary

The primary outcomes of vf-OS are an:

  • Open Operating System (vf-OS) and Software Development Kit (OAK) for Factories of the Future that aims to be the reference system software for collaborative manufacturing and logistics processes including its associated resources and data
  • Open vf-OS Platform, including a Multi-sided application marketplace and development studio, that aims to become the Apps Store for Manufacturing industry.

The multi-sided marketplace will allow Manufacturing Users, Manufacturing Resource providers, Service Providers and Software Developers to cooperate and demand, build, select, and use vf-OS applications with the vf-OS exploiters, like classical App stores, having a business model based on taking a share of purchases of applications and services from the platform.

vf-OS is composed of a Virtual Factory System Kernel (vf-SK), a Virtual Factory Application Programming Interface (vf-API) and a Virtual Factory Middleware (vf-MW) for interoperable and secure collaboration among supply networks, enterprises, machines, data and objects. The Virtual Factory Platform (vf-P) will be a infrastructure, either in-cloud or on-premise, that supports the Manufacturing Apps Store and Virtual Machines. vf-OS especially addresses SMEs by providing a full functionality at affordable cost and with Cloud availability.

The Manufacturing Apps will be developed with an Open Applications Development Kit (vf-OAK), freely provided to software developers, for rapid and cost effective deployment of advanced industrial applications running over vf-OS, allowing fast time-to-market and world-wide base industrial clients.

More information
Web resources: http://vf-os.eu
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/205550/factsheet/en
Start date: 01-10-2016
End date: 30-09-2019
Total budget - Public funding: 7 758 580,00 Euro - 7 758 580,00 Euro
Call topic: Digital Automation - Novel architectures for factory automation based on CPS and IoT - Collaborative manufacturing and logistics (FoF.2016.11)
Location

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Research & Innovation Action (RIA)

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Significant innovations and achievements
Specific use case requirements

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Flexibility Economic sustainability Circular economy Occupational safety and health
Material efficiency Waste minimisation Increasing human achievements in manufacturing systems

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Advanced manufacturing processes Integration of non-conventional technologies and conventiona... Information and communication technologies IoT - Internet of Things ICT solutions for next generation data storage and informati... Digital manufacturing platforms
Operating systems Data analytics FIWARE Data acquisition Data storage Data processing

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Field Device Work station Enterprise - Factory Connected Enterprises - Factories Connecting factories from different enterprises Design/development
Production engineering of mftg equipment/techn Production of manufacturing equipment/technologies Integration/ configuration of manufacturing systems Use-phase of manufacturing system (producing products) After-use phase of manufacturing systems

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Cybersecurity Connected IT and OT
Off-line Digital Manufacturing Process Optimisation on facto... Basic internal connectivity

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Cybersecurity Privacy Field Device Work station Enterprise - Factory Connected Enterprises - Factories AAA - Access, Authorisation and Authentication
User Acccess and Rights Management Modular Design and Deployment Approaches Open APIs and Communication Protocols Integration level interoperability APIs and Integration Protocols Semantic/information interoperability
    Comment: vf-OS will develop a concept for privacy and security handling, and will ensure that the concept is applicable to and followed by all vf-OS components. It will consider existing approaches (e.g. encryption), the specific requirements of the manufacturing domain, and the need for data security.
    Results:

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From Product/Services Systems (product centric approach) to ... Virtualisation and digitalisation of the interrelation betwe...
Business ecosystems associated to digital platforms
      Comment: The Open vf-OS Platform, includes a multi-sided application marketplace that aims to become the Apps Store for the manufacturing industry. The app store and the development studio empower the crosselling of solutions that a company has developed to solve their problems to other companies in the same sector. Developers will engage on this business digital model. Open vf-OS Platform ecosystem is composed of developers/technical providers, manufacturing users, manufacturing providers and service providers. Software Developers can develop and upload to the vf-OS marketplace device drivers and API Connectors for legacy platforms and services

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Standards
    Comment: vf-OS will develop a concept for privacy and security handling, and will ensure that the concept is applicable to and followed by all vf-OS components. It will consider existing approaches (e.g. encryption), the specific requirements of the manufacturing domain, and the need for data security. The vf-OS publish-subscribe middleware will provide the data infrastructure and will be fully compatible with major industry standards (i.e. JBI, SCA, BPEL or WSDL). IO Toolkit to implement connectors to devices or business software and specific implementations for OPC UA and MQTT. Other standards as ANSI/ISA-95 will be followed.