The main aim of the eXtreme Fast Automation project (it's OWL-efa) – efficiency improvements in standard processing machines – is the provision of eXtreme Fast Control for automation of complex production equipment. A prerequisite for significant efficiency improvements is the distribution of control tasks to several computational cores. The project will therefore develop computers with more than 16 cores, so-called many-core computers, procedures for distributing control tasks to several computational cores, as well as hardware and software components for synchronising the system times. In addition, development tools and a design methodology will be provided, which third parties will be able to use for integrating eXtreme Fast Control into their own solutions.
In cooperation with system manufacturers and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, new automation concepts for efficient application of eXtreme Fast Control in complex systems are developed, tested and validated with the aid of the development tools. The project is expected to result in reduced waiting times, which will lead to more reliable systems and will enable optimisation with regard to resource use, productivity and costs. The system manufacturers Hüttenhölscher Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG (Verl) and Schirmer Maschinen GmbH (Verl) are involved in the cooperation.