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Eclipse Arrowhead for cheaper and greener digitalization

Published: 7 December 2022

Reduced engineering costs, significant time savings, and less use of environmental resources. The Arrowhead Tools project has achieved game changing results after three years of research and extensive collaboration with industry.

Over the last decades, automation and digital transformation have become a natural part of our society and our industries. But there are huge costs related to it, not least costs related to automation engineering and maintenance. The Arrowhead Tools project set out to build a software architecture and implementation platform that could substantially reduce engineering costs and time for industrial digitalization and automation solutions. The result, Eclipse Arrowhead, led to significant time savings; processes that took a month now take a week and what took a week now takes only hours, saving not only time but resources and money.

– Eclipse Arrowhead can be applied in all kinds of industries, for example construction, mining, automotive, and manufacturing, says Jerker Delsing, Professor of Cyber-Physical Systems at Luleå University of Technology, and coordinator of the Arrowhead Tools project.

– Eclipse Arrowhead is created to assist industries and organizations no matter size and scale. In summary, what you get is: cost efficiency, high performance, security, interoperability, flexibility, real-time, and scalability.

Used by industry

In a factory for example, there are many digital systems working side by side, without really communicating with each other. Eclipse Arrowhead allows these systems to become part of an integrated solution that communicates seamlessly in cooperation with the latest internet technology, by using the “System of Systems” approach based on a microservice architecture. This is integrated into the Eclipse Arrowhead open-source implementation platform.

Validation and verification of the platform has been made in more than 25 industrial use cases with spectacular results:

– We have succeeded to show exceptional cost savings of 30 to 95 percent, says Jerker Delsing.

Concrete realization in the industry is now supported by the Eclipse Arrowhead commercial ecosystem of over 20 European companies.

– Our continuous mission is to further simplify usage and improve robustness. We hope to continue and accelerate this journey toward a more digital and greener future, Jerker Delsing concludes.

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Jerker Delsing

Jerker Delsing, Professor and Head of Subject, Chaired Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491898
Organisation: Cyber-Physical Systems, Embedded Intelligent Systems LAB, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering