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EMF – The Embedded Management Framework

The Embedded Management Framework (EMF) is an innovated technology platform for the development of individual IoT solutions in the industrial environment. EMF can expand the capabilities of existing industrial equipment in order to optimize their use in a manufacturer’s business process both locally and abroad.

EMF backend – Technical Data Center

The Technical Data Center is at the heart of the EMF and manages the technical data of all of the equipment of a manufacturer over its entire life cycle – from planning and design to assembly, testing and delivery, and installation and service.

This is made possible by other EMF key components that communicate directly or indirectly with the TDC:

EMF Agents – Connection between machines and equipment

EMF agents are individually adapted software components. On one hand, they form an interface to industrial equipment, in particular its control components. On the other hand, they enabled data exchange with local EMF mobile apps and the TDC (Technical Data Center).

Depending on the architecture of the system, EMF agents can cost-effectively be integrated directly on the “embedded” controller. Alternatively, they can be flexibly connected to one or more pieces of equipment through external Industry Gateways. This is often accomplished via CAN, serial, or I/O interfaces. In addition to unifying and communicating between the EMF components and equipment, EMF agents also manage change history.

EMF mobile apps – Tools for Service Technicians

EMF mobile apps, such as the EMT (Equipment Management Tool) can be viewed as tools for installers and service technicians. The apps are specifically designed for live diagnostics, verification, and implementation of on-site settings.

Defined service sequences are support on mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones. These workflows can be operated intuitively and extended flexibly.

A special feature of the EMF apps is the support of online/offline scenarios. An online connection cannot be guaranteed at any time and place. In these cases, the EMT (Equipment Management Tool) can store data locally and synchronize it later with the TDC (Technical Data Center).

EMF engineering – Model-driven development with the EMF Product Designer

The entire EMF offers a very high degree of flexibility due to the integrated “model-based” development approaches, and can therefore be used to create and maintain all equipment models. The development time, especially in the starting phase of a project, is thus noticeably reduced. This also facilities further development and maintenance in short development cycles

At the center of the EMF development process is the EMF product designer. It is a highly specialized CASE tool that can centrally manage various equipment models, even across different versions. The product designer provides the automated generation of important “manufacturer-specific DNA.” This creates the individual EMF solution, which is specialized to the needs of the manufacturer.

Together with equipment manufacturing specialists, we create a specifically adapted solutions that are individually aligned with target equipment using only the required EMF building blocks. This includes the selection of essential equipment data, its central or local administration, and its visualization.

The desired business processes of the manufacturer are analyzed together. Thus, we can ensure that they can be optimally supported with the TDC and EMT and across all user groups.