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Cyber-physical systems – the future of industrial production

Cyber-physical systems

The camshafts also have a memory: the so-called recipe used to produce a specific type of camshaft for a specific customer. In Ilsenburg, the physical world of things is merging with data networks to form a “cyber-physical system.

”This is the future of industrial production. It requires all elements in the production process, if possible, to have a name, a history, and an interface to the web. The aim is the “smart factory,” capable of managing itself, learning, and operating flexibly.