Project

Converging Industrial Networks for Industry 4.0 – New challenges for wired Ethernet - CINI4.0

Duration
01 August 2021 → Ongoing
Funding
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Automation and control systems
    • Electronic circuit and system reliability
Keywords
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) industrial automation
 
Project description

The CINI4.0 project investigates the applicability of technologies, such as OPC UA (Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture), Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) for industrial applications with an emphasis on seamless integration. The fusion of IT and OT, typical of Industry 4.0, is facilitated by these defining technologies.

  CINI4.0 explores new design methods for high-performance networks and network structures based on SPE and TSN, including the implementation of more robust networks (EMI, built-in redundancy and security, etc.) and automation systems. The design and testing of migration paths (and even coexistence) are an inherent part of the project.

  The research partners deliver best practices, guidelines and scientific publications that provide an objective study of the potential of these technologies for industrial use cases. Demonstrators are used to test the technologies and to provide training for industrial partners.

The project is a cooperation between UGent, KU Leuven, Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen Lippe and Fraunhofer IOSB-INA.