ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite - Fast, flexible, standardized

Application Engine

The Application Engine is a comprehensive Low Code framework that enables the quick and easy configuration of company-specific
applications and cockpits.

IoT Execution Engine

The IoT Execution Engine is an extensive No-Code framework with which
shop-floor and real-time relevant applications
can be configured quickly and easily.

ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite - Fast, flexible, standardized

Application Engine

The Application Engine is a comprehensive Low-Code framework that enables the quick and easy configuration of company-specific
applications and cockpits.

IoT Execution Engine

The IoT Execution Engine is an extensive No-Code framework with which
shop-floor and real-time relevant applications
can be configured quickly and easily.

Key technology to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0

With its patent-pending technology, ASCon Systems meets the central challenges of implementing the digital transformation like no other available IIoT platforms and solutions:

Data
volume

Processing of the huge data streams from an exploding number of sensors from
cyber-physical
system.

Real-time
enabled

Acquisition, storage & processing of massive data streams for control purposes in real time by our IoT Execution Engine.

Data
context

Behaviour-based data contexts for interoperability & traceability from process model to signal level of running production.

Connectivity

Networking of existing, fragmented IT systems and standardization of interfaces
in our Digital
Twin.

Real-time
analysis

AI-supported, user-specific and efficient decision support in the overall context of product, process and plant.

Key technology to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0

With its patent-pending technology, ASCon Systems meets the central challenges of implementing the digital transformation like no other available IIoT platforms and solutions:

Data
volume

Processing of the huge data streams from an exploding number of sensors from
cyber-physical
system.

Real-time
enabled

Acquisition, storage & processing of massive data streams for control purposes in real time by our IoT Execution Engine.

Data
context

Behaviour-based data contexts for interoperability & traceability from process model to signal level of running production.

Connectivity

Networking of existing, fragmented IT systems and standardization of interfaces
in our Digital
Twin.

Real-time
analysis

AI-supported, user-specific and efficient decision support in the overall context of product, process and plant.

What makes the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite so unique?

What makes the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite so unique?

A modularly structured, changeable behavior model is used to map the entire behavior of complex systems, including both the virtual and the real part of the twin – from the sensor to the order control. This unified information model brings together all available information and signal sources and, via a highly parallel service architecture, becomes a runnable control program without having to write code.

Real time enabled & performance

Through the innovative use of proven technologies for streaming and distributed parallel computing, the Digital Twin Product Suite offers redundancy and high scalability.

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  • Immediate feedback of signals in real time and display of deviations
  • Manageability and executability of context-related mass data
  • Highly parallel processing in different streams (fragmentation, parallelization, composition)
  • Unique, near-realtime handling of mass data

No-Coding

All components of the information model are configured flexibly in the ASCon Digital Twin model.

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  • Configuration instead of programming: Model kit for process modelling, device connection and system integration
  • In case of changes only the affected data model has to be adapted or extended
  • Changes to a data structure are applied to all components that use the data structure
  • Data structures can be used as the basis for a new element

Modularity & flexibility

The use of predefined models makes it possible to create context-sensitive solutions that are specially tailored to the respective industry.

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  • The connection of actuators, sensors and automation components is done via industry standards such as OPC UA and MQTT without programming
  • New communication protocols / device drivers can be added without affecting the existing structure
  • Openness of the system for connecting 3rd party software (e.g. Advanced Analytics) using the existing model structures

Context and Semantics

A unique, consistent behavioral model from the process model to the PLC and sensor level that provides a strong foundation for AI-supported analysis.

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  • Closed Loop PLM: Coupling of product development and manufacturing - planning and control in a single data model
  • Unique and pre-processed data structure for the use of artificial intelligence in live operation (Smart Data Analytics)
  • All data is stored historically and is available for subsequent processes in context (digital product memory)
  • AI & Analytics capabilities linked as predefined services

Reapplicability & Standardization

Support of continuous delivery methods and reduction of operating and installation requirements to a minimum.

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  • Once configured, the TWIN models can be transferred to other contextually similar assets
  • Repetitive data structures do not have to be created from scratch, but can be reused
  • On Premise or Cloud operation supported
  • Extremely short ramp-up time to an executable software solution

Get to know our solutions

Assisted Planning

Planning & simulation …

Assisted Production

Operation & Optimization …

Data Analytics

Predictive and preventive analyses …

Q&A about our solutions

How does the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite differ from conventional monolithic solutions?

Our solution is designed very openly and the basic functionality of the Digital Twin is directly represented by services. The services generated by us “at the push of a button” from the configuration form the “running engine” of our Digital Twin. The services behave according to the logic defined via the configuration. These services ensure smooth and high-performance processing of all information controlled and processed via the Digital Twin. Every other service, whether from the customer or a 3rd party provider, can access the information of our services, every intermediate result, every processing detail, analogous to our access.

What does the data model look like?

The data model of the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite is optimized to map and process highly networked information. Since the type and degree of networking varies from customer to customer, the data model of the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite is a meta-meta description. Using the customer-specific meta-description of the information objects and their information networking, the customer-specific object network is created as a knowledge base. The individual database schema results from the persistence of the meta-meta model and the schema-relevant configurations contained in this model. Our software revises all changes, both of the meta-meta model and the application data.

How is the digital twin modelled and which parameters of a plant are required?

The modeling of a digital twin in the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite is done on four levels:

Level: Data collection
Level: Information orchestration
Level: User Interface, Cockpits
Level: Analytics

For all levels the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite provides suitable user interfaces to guide the user in the reuse of (partial) models or to enable the user to extend or create new models. Overall, the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite aims at a high degree of reuse of models or submodels at all modeling levels. All process and quality determining parameters of the plants are integrated into the data model of the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite . The platform also provides components to define and manage flexible data models and business logic. Types and attributes can be defined and relationships between objects can be modeled.

Which Databases are included?

Various technologies can be connected to the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite for the persistent storage of model and application data. Depending on the application, the structure of the respective data and its volatility, the best possible technology can be provided. In addition, the modular structure of the platform allows the standard connections provided by the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite to be supplemented by customer-specific database products and technologies.

For the persistence of model and application data ASCon offers connections to relational databases such as MySQL / MariaDB, MS/SQL Server, Oracle and DB2. For the persistence of large data objects, documents and similar with low volatility, cloud based technologies such as BLOB storages are available in addition to typical file storages.

Highly volatile data, e.g. from system connections, is stored in timeseries databases, e.g. influxDB, or in changelogs for internal processing. For the connection of customer-specific technologies or legacy systems, in addition to the direct, bidirectional connection, above all the connection via the ASCon Manufacturing Bus with Pub/Sub procedure is available.

Data acquisition at plant level is carried out using a specific no-coding procedure.

Is the software a package of independently functioning modules?

Our software consists of independently functioning modules. These in turn consist of standard software modules and interact via defined interfaces (e.g. the Twin Execution module can be addressed by the detached Twin Live Dashboard and Twin Modeler modules, individual modules can be exchanged accordingly).

What is the architecture for the Digital Twin?

In order to ensure the high demands on real-time data processing, the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite runs in a distributed architecture. In the overall architecture we distinguish between three levels:

  1. Company-Level
    This is where the data and processes that are important for the top level are modelled and executed. Aggregations and analyses of subordinate levels are performed here.
  2. Plant-Level
    This is where the data and processes that are important for each site are modelled and executed. In addition, the modelling of the individual edges or systems takes place here, as there is no modelling application at the edge level.
  3. Edge-Level
    This is where the data from the plants and systems is collected. The processes in the system are defined via the level site/plant, which are then executed in the twin instance corresponding to the system. This level typically has one instance per plant/system, but it is also possible to operate several systems with one Edge-Twin. This is determined in a sizing process and depends on the requirements of the systems with regard to speed, maximum response times and data volumes.

The Digital Twin is located on all three levels and allows the definition of Business Objects (GO) and processes or interdependencies of business objects on each level. The three levels mentioned here are a conceptual restriction and not a technical one. It is quite conceivable to introduce additional levels between the company and the edge, but the additional complexity should be carefully analyzed and the necessity critically reviewed. The administration of such a system can quickly become complex.

Does the software solution run in the cloud?

The ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite is cloud-optimized and multi-cloud-ready. All components of the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite are already executable on the AWS and Azure cloud and can also be run on any other cloud platform.

Over which communication protocols does the plant communicate with the system?

The ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite provides a specific no-coding procedure for data acquisition on plant level, which allows the basic connection of individual data sources. In our current customer projects the plant parameters are provided by the plant control system mostly via OPC-UA. In addition, the following additional protocols are supported: MQTT, Modbus, S7, TCP Client/Server.

Is an automation standard important for the Digital Twin?

The ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite provides a specific no-coding procedure for data acquisition at the plant level, which enables the connection of individual data sources. Technically, no automation standard is required to connect the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite to a plant.

In current customer projects a flexible connection via OPC-UA was created, which can be reused for other OPC-UA systems. The connection of other OPC-UA systems can be done within a few hours.

Where will the "Digital File" data be stored?

The data of the digital file are stored via a Time Series database. Depending on the individual situation, hosting can be done both on edge and in the cloud

Is it possible to use the data of the "Digital Record" also by other applications or services?

Yes, the “Digital Record” collects all information about an object and makes it available to users in a contextualized form.

Is the current position of the robot linked to the process values?

The definition of the process-determining parameters is carried out by the technical experts of the departments. In principle, it is possible to link the position of the robot, e.g. via its axis values, to the process context as process-determining parameters.

Can I develop AI models on the Digital Twin as a user/data scientist? Is Supervised or Unsupervised Learning used?

The ASCon platform provides contextualized information for all authorized users. The openness of the ASCon approach allows to connect own tools or to apply own procedures to this information. Our integrated partner solution uses both supervised and unsupervised learning. AI models can currently be created with the help of ASCon partners. A configurable AI application for users and data scientists is already being planned and will be available soon.

How long does it take to learn the algorithm and how long does it take to adapt to similar systems?

The learning curve of algorithms is strongly dependent on the analysis method used. In the current customer environments we calculate with a training time of approx. 2 weeks.

Are there approaches to use the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite to control or even program systems/machines in the future?

The aim of the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite is to offer a platform for the changeable orchestration and control of technical systems. The no-coding implemented in the ASCon Digital Twin Product Suite turns the model directly into the executable system that can control and orchestrate plants and components. Due to the event-discrete structure of the system, real operation and virtual commissioning are supported equally. Also hybrid scenarios, i.e. real and virtual hardware are orchestrated and supported simultaneously.

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