FIND research project

Networking in real time 

Forschungsprojekt FIND

In the FIND research project, Festo is working with partners to design an architecture for flexible networking within production, based on time-sensitive networking (TSN) and other technologies.

Secure and efficient communication infrastructures are important prerequisites for Industry 4.0. Production machines, components and different data services must be networked securely. For this reason, we have joined forces with partners in this research project to work on these fundamentals for the production communication of tomorrow:

  • Intelligent network management
  • Integration of state-of-the-art network technologies like TSN
  • Automatic adaptation of network control for flexible production

Time-sensitive networking

TSN is a standardised communication technology that enables Ethernet-based real-time communication. TSN guarantees time-critical applications. Data packets sent via TSN receive reserved bandwidth or channels in order to ensure they are delivered on time. A prerequisite for this is that every network participant must have their own internal clock. The clocks of all participants must be synchronised in order to ensure that the participants always follow the same communication cycle and carry out the required actions in sync at the right time. TSN could be used for communication in handling systems, for example, where multiple drives and axes need to move in sync.

Sample network architecture for the production of the future: shared infrastructure for control data and other data.
Sample network architecture for the production of the future: shared infrastructure for control data and other data.

Aims of the project

FIND stands for ‘Future Industrial Network Architecture’. As the name suggests, the aim of the project is to develop an architecture for a pioneering, user-friendly, flexible industrial network. We are implementing integrated communication across all system levels: with standardised and open protocols that are independent of specific manufacturers.

The vision is to build a shared data network for control data and other data in future – eliminating hierarchies in favour of more flexible network structures that are suitable for real-time-critical and non-critical communication.

Partners

Projektpartner FIND

  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Lemgo
  • HMS Technology Center Ravensburg GmbH
  • Bosch Rexroth AG
  • rt-solutions.de GmbH
  • Siemens AG
  • Technische Universität Dresden (University of Technology)
  • University of Passau
  • DFKI GmbH

The FIND project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the funding code 16KIS0570.