DevOps for Manufacturing Systems: Speeding up Software Development

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Blüher, Till (1); Maelzer, Daniel (2); Harrendorf, Jessica (2); Stark, Rainer (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Technische Universität Berlin, Industrielle Informationstechnik; 2: Mercedes-Benz AG, Maintenance Engineering
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 1475-1484
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The increasing importance of software as an essential functional provider in products and processes requires that companies master the development capabilities to continiously and quickly deliver high-quality software features. DevOps (acronym for Development and Operations) is an essential approach to these capabilities, which has so far been used predominantly in software-driven companies. This paper investigates the conditions under which DevOps can also be used in the industrial context of series manufacturing in order to be able to steadily develop and provide software features used in these environments (e.g. for monitoring and maintenance of manufacturing machines). A concept for DevOps for manufacturing systems was developed based on current best practices and the specific situation in the industrial company. The concept was then implemented and validated with experts on the basis of initial development cycles, demonstrating the usefulness of DevOps for manufacturing systems.

Keywords: DevOps, Industry 4.0, Case study, Design practice

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