ZVEI-Show-Case PCF@ControlCabinet (WhitePaper)

The relevance of topics in the area of sustainability and circular economy is continuously increasing and entails regulatory requirements, for example in regards to the European Green Deal. In this context, the collection and provision of product information, in particular sustainability indicators such as the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), in a Digital Product Passport is also being discussed.

In the ZVEI-Show-Case "PCF@Control Cabinet", ZVEI uses a demonstrator to show the feasibility of a flexible, efficient and future-proof concept for the technical implementation of a Digital Product Passport. With this DPP4.0 concept, the industry is able to document and provide required product information. The DPP4.0 concept of the ZVEI is based on two main pillars developed within the Industrie 4.0 initiative:

  • the digital nameplate (DNP4.0) via IEC 61406 (Identification Link, under development) and
  • the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) according to IEC 63278 (under development)

In the demonstrator of the ZVEI show case shown at Hannover Messe 2022, visitors can observe how the PCF of a control cabinet consisting of many different products from the participating companies is calculated automatically.

The visitor learns how the submodels for the Digital Nameplate DNP4.0 and for the PCF value of the individual components are realized and how the PCF calculation of the overall system "control cabinet" was implemented.


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