Initial situation and project objective
Industry 4.0 and digitization have moved companies into an environment that is characterized by constant change and growing complexity. As a result, the demands placed on software and software development continue to grow. In its project with Böllhoff GmbH, Fraunhofer IEM cooperated on creating a software engineering process that enables the fast and simple design of even complex software architectures.
Böllhoff, a family-run company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of fastening, assembly and system technology. Software is a vital factor in the highly complex production systems, where it is no longer just needed for controllers but has instead become an essential component in the overall systems. It is therefore inevitable that the software needs to be of the highest quality, as the necessary development processes are becoming increasingly complex due to the growing demands placed on software functionality. Böllhoff GmbH was determined to face up to these challenges, but at the same time intent on achieving a considerable reduction in software development times. So the task at hand was to bring the software engineering process into the modern age.