futureTEX - iTEXFer: Developing networked manufacturing systems and value-added stages within the factory life cycle in the textile industry

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Short description of the project

Customers' demand for increasingly customisable products is putting producers under increasing pressure. Due to short product life cycles, small batch sizes and simultaneously increasing variant diversity, horizontal and vertical value chains are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage. With continuous digitalisation and automation, the use of resources along the textile value chain can be increased. The aim of the project is to develop a textile-specific, expandable Industry 4.0 construction kit consisting of software, methods and mechanical-electronic components

Project objectives

  • Translation of data to generate design data and machine settings from customer requirements
  • Interpretation of data to generate intelligent maintenance forecasts
  • Orchestrating data sources to plan and execute production more efficiently
  • Linking assets to reduce manual activities through automated, mechatronic systems

Project outcome

  • Generation of hierarchical OPC UA server structures based on AutomationML models
  • Development of a system for easy use of Complex Event Processing in the automation environment
  • Development of a service platform to provide and retrieve services for the textile environment
  • Facilitating the connection of dynamically changeable OPC UA structures to third-party systems

Project partners

  • STFI - Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V.
  • Zentrum für Management Research der DITF Denkendorf
  • HuSo - Human Solutions GmbH
  • ITA - Institut für Textiltechnik Aachen
  • UpTex - update texware GmbH


Industry 4.0 topic

With its Automation and Digitalization business unit, Fraunhofer IOSB has many years of experience in the field of Industrie 4.0 and is significantly driving forward developments on topics such as interoperability, open standards, data sovereignty and intelligent networking.



Further Information

Duration: 09.2018 - 02.2021

iTEXFer is a research project within the framework of the competence network futureTEX, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the programme "Twenty20 - Partnership for Innovation".

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