Industrial FaaS use cases at HANNOVER MESSE 2023

More than 4.000 exhibitors, over 1.900 trade show premieres, almost 70.000 on-site attendees from around the whole world, including famous politicians such as the chancellor of Germany or Indonesian president, caused that the spirit of excitement and optimism permeate the halls at HANNOVER MESSE.

One of the biggest topics of HANNOVER MESSE 2023 were among others Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Energy Management, and CO2 neutral production. Therefore, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was keen to present the PHYSICS H2020 Project, and smart manufacturing use cases:

  1. Deployment of substitute service in the Cloud
  2. High Confidence Quality Control

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Since the presentation was carried out at SmartFactory-KL booth which was visited by an estimated 4.000 visitors within 5 days of the fair, it was the great opportunity to introduce the project to a wide audience interested in innovation solutions for production and show that smart manufacturing sector can significantly benefit from the use of the Function as a Service (FaaS) paradigm. Moreover, the DFKI showed the advantage of using the PHYSICS platform, which can offer a manufacturer-independent solution for the FaaS and thus simplify the development and scalability of the plant in the future. In addition to the live presentation, the PHYSICS logo was displayed throughout the fair at the SmartFactory-KL stand and passively promoted the project.

Although the first FaaS services were already implemented a couple years ago, a topic that aroused particular interest was the use of computer power on-demand and its potential to reduce running and maintenance costs of a factory. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that thanks to PHYSICS platform, which can offer redundancy of services provided by physical modules, it is possible to decrease the unplanned downtimes, and increase the reliability and stability of the production line. Overall, the concept of the PHYSICS platform using FaaS paradigm was received with interest by both industrial and research visitors.

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