Intelligent production is a novel concept, where Industry 4.0 components negotiate with each other to fulfill tasks with predefined characteristics in a defined period of time, with a defined quality of service, and a defined cost range. In order for I4.0 components to cooperate in such a way, they must be able to speak a common language within a shared communication and exchange infrastructure.
The Industry Marketplace establishes a vendor-neutral marketplace for I4.0 components to buy and sell goods, data and services. Unlike conventional virtual marketplaces, the Industry Marketplace is an autonomous and decentralized platform for offering and searching for data and services, free of charge and open to everyone.
A participant in the Industry Marketplace can take one of two roles: the role of Service Requester or Service Provider.
The Service Requester searches for some data or services, e.g. charging, transporting, drilling etc., offered by a Service Provider. The Service Requester distributes a call for proposal in which they specify their requested service. The Service Providers can then generate proposals in response.
Both the call for proposal and the proposal itself contain a technical and commercial description of the service. This can include, for example, the price, time, quality and place for the provision of a service.
The technical and commercial description uses the vocabulary of I4.0 provided by eCl@ss. In this way, the machines can automatically interpret the distributed call for proposals with no need for human interaction.
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