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Towards a Comprehensive Methodology for Modelling Submodels in the Industry 4.0 Asset Administration Shell

Cornelis Bouter; Monireh Pourjafarian; Leon Simar; Robert Wilterdink

The Industry 4.0 Asset Administration Shell is designed as a digital communication interface that exposes information of various aspects of an asset in Submodels, which are functional blocks. However, a methodology that identifies the set of Submodels required for a specific use case is lacking. This work, therefore, presents two results: 1) the methodology we developed to identify the Submodels applicable in a use case and 2) an example application involving immaterial process assets. Our approach complements existing procedures by beginning with a functional description rather than an established standard and by creating a potentially interconnected set of Submodels rather than a singleton. The outcomes were verified by domain experts and through the integration of the corresponding AASs.

This paper is supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870092, project DIMOFAC (Digital Intelligent MOdular FACtories).
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