Focus Industry 4.0

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. You can find an overview of the Federation's diverse activities in the three core fields of information, knowledge transfer and networking here.
07.11.2017
The R&D Pilot offers an overview over 100 Industrie 4.0 research projects.
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.
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.
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.
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 & Industrie 4.0" gives you an overview of the VDMA activities.
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.
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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