With the use of the low-code platform Simplifier, a large number of mobile digital applications could be implemented within a short time, which were to optimize the individual process sequences in the CPPS in the long term. Simplifier takes advantage of the low-code approach, where the added value lies in the configurative creation of enterprise applications. As a result, the required apps for the individual cells within the R2D project could be created quickly and flexibly (device and operating system independent) without much programming effort.
Simplifier was not only used for the creation of apps, but also as a central platform for the communication of machines and systems via MQTT. Since various data-supplying systems are used in the overall process, the platform must function as a data hub (integration layer) and network different systems with each other. Existing system landscapes such as the Siemens Toolchain with the integrated SAP R/3 system, Microsoft Azure Storage and Simplygon for processing 3D data and current machine data from the IOT Mindsphere platform (possible for the first time) are integrated into the processes via different interface protocols. SIMATIC IT, Siemens’ in-house Manufacturing Execution System, is also connected to the Simplifier platform via a standard interface in order to access current data from production and forward it “MQTT translated”.