Automation & Industrial Computing, Communication and Control (AIC3) lab

The AIC3 (AIC-Cube) lab is a comprehensive demonstrator of IEC 61499 applications created at Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Sweden.

The AIC3 lab is a unique model representing synergy of various production systems with the energy supply and monitoring infrastructures. The lab comprises of an integrated model realistically representing material and control flow of production plants connected with the intelligent room/building infrastructure and energy distribution infrastructure.

This integration of three different automation domains is the unique feature of the testbed, making it a perfect base for conducting cutting edge collaborative research.

The laboratory is equipped with robotised automation system model that includes modular reconfigurable manufacturing system with highly distributed automation. It includes a model of robotized discrete manufacturing and logistics (FESTO Prolog Factory) and a model of flexible process technologies integrated into a single process, demonstrating synergies and fusion of design approaches and requirements.
The testbed also includes the equipment for building automation, SmartGrid automation, wireless sensor networks, robotics and wireless communication.

Along with the real equipment models, the lab includes powerful simulation facilities, such as CIROS 3D simulator for manufacturing system and the powerful OPAL-RT hardware simulator for SmartGrid modelling.

The laboratory is involved in a number of research projects, including Arrowhead, the largest European project in industrial automation aiming at development and industrial piloting of distributed automation systems based on the  Internet of Things technologies.



Hardware platforms compliant with IEC 61499 currently used:

NxtControl NxtDCSmini
Advantech ADAM