BaSys 4.2 research project

Uniform concept for the digital twin 

BaSys 4.2

For efficient production in the future, a digital image of the components, products and processes will be of enormous importance. As part of the BaSys 4.2 research project, Festo is working with numerous partners to develop a standardised implementation of the concepts required for this purpose – such as the administration shell of the Platform Industry 4.0 and the Module Type Package from Namur and ZVEI.

In these concepts, the digital twin is made usable in concrete practical applications for the field and achieves direct added value for production.

Digital twins are electronically available descriptions of relevant units. These can be components, systems, production goods or even abstract processes and logics. The requirements for them are correspondingly diverse and range from general information such as manufacturer, type, size, defined capabilities and physical simulations to interface descriptions for modular plug-and-produce implementations – such as the Module Type Package (MTP). 

The concept of the digital twin is a core aspect of Industry 4.0. To be able to use it efficiently, cross-industry and manufacturer-independent rules are required. These will be developed in BaSys 4.2 based on the concept of the administration shell (VWS), and implemented and presented in sample applications.

Aims of the project

BaSys 4.2 has set itself the task of not only combining the various requirements for digital twins in the administration shell model, but also of developing freely accessible software tools and applications to make the concept easy to put into practice. The aim is to generate a generally accepted model through the numerous strong partners and thus to support small and medium-sized enterprises in particular.

One of Festo’s particular areas of focus is the further development of engineering in order to drive real implementation of the concepts. In this context, Festo also manages the activities in the corresponding work package. Central points are the standardisation of engineering data and the automated generation of module system descriptions for modular production. This description enables an automated integration according to the plug-and-produce principle. A major challenge here is the transformation and synchronisation of information from different domains and the semantics of skills and data required for this. In addition, virtual commissioning and end-to-end data management over the life cycle play an important role.

The goals of the three-year project not only include software development but also scientific publications and the development of joint demonstrators that highlight the advantages of the novel applications. There is also a special focus on combining the approaches of the process industry and the manufacturing industry.

Project partners

Basys 4.2. partners

Project sponsor: DLR

Consortium leader: Fraunhofer IESE Kaiserslautern

Development partners:

  • RWTH Aachen
  • Eclipse Foundation
  • ABB
  • Kuka
  • Bosch
  • Fortiss
  • ZF
  • Lenze
  • Fraunhofer
  • DFKI
  • SMS Group
  • EngRoTec
  • ITQ
  • PSI
  • Ifak
  • Sysgo

Associated partners:

  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Ineos
  • Dassault Systems

BaSys 4.2 is funded by the BMBF under the identifier 01|S19022G.