Self-organizing Production Cell

Start date: 15.11.2018
Funded by: Universität Augsburg
Local head of project: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reif
Local scientists: Dr. Hella Ponsar (geb. Seebach)
M.Sc. Oliver Kosak


We focus in this project on the area of self-organizing production. The aim is to meet the requirements for production systems in the context of the Industry 4.0 movement. The need for flexibility and robustness of production systems has increased significantly in recent years. Small batch production, changing environmental conditions, new information through the digitization of the production process and reactions to component failures are just a few reasons.

Self-organization is a paradigm with which we want to integrate into the production systems (for example robots, mobile transport units) to achieve this flexibility and robustness. This goes hand in hand with the digitization of the production process. The production systems are represented as software agents, which then already have solutions in the simulation for e.g. find and test component failures. The agents can swap roles once taken in the production process to react to misbehavior in production. Which role configurations are allowed is determined by means of constraints, which result among other things from available capabilities/tools of the production systems. For this purpose, a theory for the development of self-organizing systems was established at the Institute, which also allows the analysis of the formal correctness of the systems.