Educational Setup for Service Oriented Process Automation with 5G Testbed

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There is a constant challenge in process industry to reduce costs because of tight competition on the global market. On the other hand the advancement in the new technologies such as Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA), Industrial Ethernet, 5G, and cloud computing provide the possibility to implement cost effective Cyber-physical systems (CPS). This allows flexible, reconfigurable, scalable, interoperable business models. These trends in the process industry should be taken into account while teaching future engineers. In this article the modern process automation setup which includes three miniplants with optional 5G connectivity is described along with teaching approach for executing the students projects. Using this infrastructure students obtain knowledge with emerging industrial technology and become the actors of upcoming industrial revolution.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalIFAC-PapersOnLine
Volume50
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventControl Conference Africa - University of Pretoria , Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 7 Dec 20178 Dec 2017

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  • 5G, cloud computing, Educational setup, Industrial Ethernet, industrial revolution, OPC UA, teaching

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