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Top-level discussion on mechanical engineering with VDMA, IG Metall and Ministry of Economics
In order to discuss the current economic slowdown and its opportunities and risks, around 30 top representatives from business, research and politics met on Monday, 25 March 2019 in the New Palace in Stuttgart. The meeting was organised jointly by VDMA Baden-Württemberg, IG Metall and the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing.
Management Board discusses with Dr. Susanne Eisenmann
What kind of education does the country need? On 16 January 2019, the VDMA Baden-Württemberg invited Dr. Susanne Eisenmann, Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport of the State of Baden-Württemberg, to a board meeting at Balluff in Neuhausen to answer this question.

Focus Industry 4.0

The Learning Systems platform initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) provides an overview of research institutions in the field of artificial intelligence.
How can machines and plants independently optimize industrial processes through interaction with their environment? This is currently being investigated by the research project InPulS. The machine learning method "Reinforcement Learning" is applied. Two application scenarios will be tested.
The guideline "Successful Marketing of Digital Offerings" presents four success patterns of digital service types: Integral Product Improvement, Complementary Service, Digital Intermediary and Digital Innovation. They make it easier for VDMA members to classify their own digital services.
The R&D Pilot offers an overview over 100 Industrie 4.0 research projects.
With the Startup-Machine platform, VDMA supports its member companies in identifying partners from the start-up environment, initiating cooperations and learning from the digital entrepreneurial spirit.
How can companies successfully introduce digital innovations? A VDMA study provides answers to these questions by highlighting important fields of action for future-oriented management.
With the model-based online tool "Investment Calculator 4.0" and the associated guidelines, the VDMA is setting new standards in the economic evaluation of digitisation projects.
VDMA Startup-Machine offers attractive services for VDMA members as a premium partner in the "Young Tech Enterprises" startup hub at this year's Hannover Messe.
The new VDMA homepage with the topic OPC UA Companion Specifications provides a central overview of current activities on OPC UA in the VDMA. The target group are OPC UA-affine interested parties who would like to inform themselves about existing working groups, their goals and composition, OPC UA Companion Specifications and current news.
On 24 and 25 June 2019, VDMA and VDI will be inviting companies, universities and other interested parties to Heidelberg for a guided tour of the plant and a symposium.
The new spokespersons of the VDMA Interoperability Advisory Board represent industry expertise on the subject of Industrie 4.0.
On November 2nd the first "Meeting of the OPC UA Working Groups in the VDMA" took place. Presentations by experts from the OPC community inform the working group participants about the most important activities and innovations concerning OPC UA. In moderated parallel sessions an intensive exchange of experiences took place between the participants of different working groups.
VDMA and OPC Foundation organized the symposium "OPC UA Platform Enabler for Industry 4.0" on 22 and 23 October 2018 in the cities of Pune and Bengalore in India. The approximately 250 participants informed themselves about new activities, technology details, application scenarios and political positions around this worldwide communication standard.
The BMBF's new announcement on the funding measure "Industry 4.0 Test Environments - Mobilising SMEs for Industry 4.0" has been officially published.
The platform economy will ring in a new age in mechanical engineering, just as it has in the B2C sector. In the future, the added value provided via digital services and business models will be a key element in helping mechanical engineering companies stand out. A position in the platform economy must therefore be a crucial part of any mechanical and plant engineering company.
Machines have to speak the same language in the Future´s smart factories. The decisive factor here is the standardization of communication interfaces. Therefore, the VDMA is currently developing industry-specific OPC UA Companion Specifications and has just released the OPC UA Companion Specifications for Robotics and Machine Vision.
The VDMA accompanies and supports its members on their paths to Industrie 4.0. Here you will find an overview of current publications on the subject.
The Mittelstand 4.0 competence centres set up by the BMWi provide companies with numerous free services to help them digitise their operational processes. Here is an overview of the current centres.
Machines that can think for themselves, complex 3D printer components, smart glasses that are able to communicate with machines, and logistics that can manage their own organization. These are not fantasies of science fiction, but already the reality in Germany’s factories. The multimedia report „The future is on“ delivers insight into daily digital work.
For the implementation of industry 4.0 solutions, many companies lack IT experts who above all have one ability: digital thinking. These digital creatives are mainly to be found in the startup area. This is why the VDMA is building a bridge between mechanical engineering and the start-ups and has used a new event format for this purpose: the Hackathon.
With the "Research Group I40" of the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0, industry-driven, cross-industry and pre-competitive research projects are initiated and carried out.
OPC UA is an open interface standard that defines the mechanisms of cooperation in the industrial environment. The VDMA prioritizes its activities on this interface standard and gives an important orientation to the machine and plant engineering sector. The VDMA guideline “Industrie 4.0 Communication Guideline based on OPC UA” shows action steps that help to implement Industrie 4.0 communication in the company.
20.09.2017
Startups convert trend themes into new technologies and products that also play a role in mechanical engineering. Startups apply new ways of working that machine builders should know. Conversely, mechanical engineering is a huge user industry for startups. We bring the two together - "Matchmaking" with mechanical engineering relevance!
Via its Research Group and the Lab Tours I40, the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 is building a network between companies in mechanical engineering and the innovation centers of German research institutes. The “Industrie 4.0 Research at German Research Institutes” compilation provides assistance in this, offering an overview of the German research landscape. In it, more than 50 universities and institutes report on their current projects.
VDMA has pooled the expertise within the federation in the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0. A regular newsletter provides information on the Forum’s activities.
VDMA integrates the sector-specific developments around Industry 4.0 and takes up the needs of the companies. One way of considering the needs of small and medium sized enterprises is the active development of Industrie 4.0 standards. The brochure "Standardization & Industry 4.0" gives you an overview of the VDMA activities.
Uniform interfaces are an important prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0. VDMA is currently focusing on the interface standard OPC UA. This standard should make Industrie 4.0 viable in a few defined steps. A review.
The compilation “Industrie 4.0 Research at German Research Institutes – Overview” provides VDMA members with an overview of the work of German research institutes in the Industrie 4.0 environment.
Industrie 4.0 needs standards that mesh together like gear wheels. Together with its partners, the VDMA is driving forward the standardization process both nationally and internationally.
Predictive maintenance is a key issue for Germany's engineering sector. That is one result of the study "Predictive Maintenance Service Servicing tomorrow – and where we are really at today" of VDMA and Roland Berger.
Whether Germany as an industrial nation succeeds in turning Industrie 4.0 into a business model depends on more than just the companies – important framework conditions need to be agreed with policy-makers and society.
With over 300 actors from 159 organisations, the Plattform Industrie 4.0 is Germany´s central network for national and international activities for the digital transformation of production.
Digitalization will affect and shape all sectors of industry. Be it a revolution or an evolutionary process – each and every company must find its way to Industrie 4.0.
Industrie 4.0 is already changing the world of work today.
The guide “Data Protection & Industrie 4.0 – how to treat personal data on a corporate level“ is meant to facilitate for you, as a member of the VDMA, the access to data protection in Industrie 4.0 and indicate at the same time approaches and further sources of information to minimise your risk and create awareness for data protection issues.
Industrie 4.0 is happening at the borderline between industry and IT. But many machine and plant manufacturers have very limited access both to IT talent as well as digital thinking in general. External support may be helpful. The purpose of the collection „Industrie 4.0 Business models” is to provide an overview of existing consulting offers.
Industry 4.0 is unthinkable without protecting the data and expertise involved in production processes across all companies. VDMA supports its members in all areas relating to security.
Two tools have now been created to provide a better overview of existing standards and technologies – the “reference architecture model Industrie 4.0” developed by the Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the “Industrie 4.0 components”.
Via its Research Group and the Lab Tours I40, the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 is building a network between companies in mechanical engineering and the innovation centers of German research institutes. The “Industrie 4.0 Research at German Research Institutes” compilation provides assistance in this, offering an overview of the German research landscape. In it, more than 50 universities and institutes report on their current projects.
The German mechanical and plant engineering sector is facing the challenge of Industrie 4.0. However, many companies do not fully grasp the objectives and specific benefits of the solutions it offers. The “Guideline Industrie 4.0” is intended to assist them in developing their own Industrie 4.0 implementations and business models.
Nine out of ten companies in the mechanical engineering sector see Industrie 4.0 as an opportunity for them to stand out on the market. Many companies have already taken successful steps towards implementing Industrie 4.0.
28.09.2016
New business models, smart production methods and products, data law and security: more than 400 top players from the fields of economics, science and politics shared ideas about implementing this mega-topic at an Industrie 4.0 congress in Düsseldorf.

Focus Additive Manufacturing

14.06.2018
Konstruieren für den 3D-Druck
26.01.2018
For the 4th time already, the Additive Manufacturing Symposium organized by the Additive Manufacturing Association in cooperation with the fair in Hannover will take place at the Hannover Messe. Technology suppliers and users of the new manufacturing technologies will both have their say, all under the headline “Mechanical Engineering.”
09.11.2016
A binder (glue) is selectively applied to a powder layer, unbund material is removed afterwards
09.11.2016
Conventional manufacturing processes in combination with additive technologies
Dr. Dietrich Birk
Dr. Dietrich Birk
Managing director VDMA Baden-Württemberg, Corporate management, Personell management, Economic policy
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