Industry 4.0

The Internet of Things is increasingly conquering production halls and supply networks. Due to the complexity of highly automated production, the quality, effectiveness and productivity of the processes can hardly be monitored “manually”. Real-time data stream analyses can not only detect signs of machine wear as soon as they happen, they also provide valuable information for future product and process optimization, improve capacity usage and service development. And yet we are only at the very beginning in the employment of these possibilities.

We present the recent challenges and trends of this topic as well as the most important programs and initiatives. Our collection of related sources helps to delve further into the topic.

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Selected Programmes & Initiatives

Plattform Industrie 4.0 – The largest Industry 4.0 network worldwide, with over 300 participants from more than 150 organizations. It combines production methods with state-of-the-art information and communication technology. (BMBF, BMWi)
Digital HUB Future Industries – Stuttgart – Institution that links corporates and SMEs with innovation partners from science and the start-up scene at national level. Part of the Digital HUB Initiative. (BMWi)
Spitzencluster it’s OWL – The largest cluster of research projects in the context of Industry 4.0 in Germany. (BMBF)
Open Hybrid LabFactory research campus – The most important research campus dealing with the materials and production techniques that are transforming functional lightweight construction into mass production. Part of the funding initiative “Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovations“. (BMBF)
International Data Spaces – A virtual industrial database that supports the secured exchange of data based on standards. (BMBF)