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Industrie 4.0 – Overview of services
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.


VDMA launches new OPC UA Homepage
The new VDMA homepage with the topic OPC UA Companion Specifications provides for the first time a central overview of current activities on the open interface standard OPC UA in the VDMA.
Meeting of the OPC UA Working Groups of the VDMA promotes exchange of experience
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.
250 participants took part in two OPC-UA symposia in India
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.
OPC UA Companion Specifications for Robotics and Machine Vision released
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.
Guideline Sensors for Industrie 4.0 now available in English
The Guideline Sensors for Industrie 4.0 supports users and manufacturers of sensor systems in developing cost-efficient sensor systems. It is now available in English.
Industrie 4.0 meets Lean Management
Merging Industrie 4.0 and Lean Management offers great potential for successfully developing companies. The VDMA Guideline is intended to support companies.
Platform economy: Mechanical engineering drives the digital transformation
Value creation in B2B business is increasingly coming from digital services. Mechanical engineering can be a driver of the new platform economy – as long as the topic is internalized all the way up to board level.
Standards for Industrie 4.0: REXS enables simple exchange of gearbox data
Uniform interfaces are an important prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0. For the industry, FVA e.V., the German Research Association for Drive Technology, provides a free-available interface for the exchange of gearbox data.
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
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OPC UA Companion Specifications –an important prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0
The definition of uniform interfaces in production is a prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0. The VDMA is currently focusing on the interface standard OPC UA and is developing industry-specific OPC UA Companion Specifications. An OPC UA Companion Specification is an information model suitable for all manufacturers which represents the real interfaces between components, machines and systems.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Fleischer: Sensoren - Verbindungsglieder zwischen der analogen und digitalen Welt
Bei der Umsetzung von Industrie 4.0 spielen Sensoren eine zentrale Rolle. Die Umsetzung technologischer Innovationen wird jedoch oftmals durch die Kosten für eine geeignete Sensorik erschwert. Hier unterstützt der VDMA-Leitfaden Anwender und Hersteller von Sensorsystemen bei der Entwicklung kostengünstiger Sensorsysteme.
VDMA Industrie 4.0 newsletter
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.
The future is „on“ – new multimedia report on
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.