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.
A new study by the IMPULS Foundation of the VDMA on digital market foreclosure shows that free data exchange is massively impaired. The effects are particularly hard on small and medium-sized enterprises.
90 members answered our questions about OPC UA. Half of the member companies deal with the topic or are actively working on its implementation.
The VDMA publication "Industrie 4.0 - VDMA´s activities" provides an overview of the association's diverse activities, which comprise the triad of information, knowledge transfer and networking.
The new VDMA guideline supports the topic of machine learning and shows step by step how the introduction can take place in your own company.
As part of the Federal Government's AI strategy, the Federal Environment Ministry supports projects that use artificial intelligence to meet ecological challenges and are exemplary for environmentally, climate-, health- and nature-friendly digitisation ("AI lighthouses").
New VDMA guideline now available
Digitalisation is changing pump, compressor and vacuum technology. The International Rotating Equipment Conference 2019, which will take place from 24 to 25 September 2019 in Wiesbaden, Germany, will show how big the change will be.
"Better late than never", commented Hartmut Rauen, Executive Director of the VDMA, on today's Cabinet decision to introduce fiscal incentives for research.
The merger of Industrie 4.0 with Lean Management offers great potential for the successful further development of companies. The VDMA guideline is intended to support companies in this process. It is now also available in English.
With the event "Industrie 4.0 - Identify, calculate and finance first projects" on 27 June 2019, the VDMA wants to support interested companies step by step on the way from the Industrie 4.0 vision to individual concepts and solutions.
The study "Cyber Risks in Mechanical and Plant Engineering" by VDMA and VSMA confirms that many companies underestimate the risks. With the "Cyber Risk Analysis" VDMA member companies can check their hazard potential.
Industrie 4.0 has arrived in the breadth of enterprises. The publication shows current solutions from industrial practice and provides an overview of VDMA activities on the subject.
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.
After the kick-off on 22 February 2019 this working group wants to present the umati (universal machine tool interface) OPC UA Companion Specification as Release Candidate until EMO 2019.
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.


With the event "Industrie 4.0 - Identify, calculate and finance first projects" on 27 June 2019, the VDMA wants to support interested companies step by step on the way from the Industrie 4.0 vision to individual concepts and solutions.
How trust and curiosity influence SMEs in digitisation, networked economies and artificial intelligence (AI) will be explored at the Mittelstand Digital Congress on 12 November in Berlin.
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
Sun. 20.10.2019  08:30 - 13:00 hrs.
Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We are pleased to invite you to the 11th VDMA Dubai-Meeting. The event will take place on 20 October 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Raffles Dubai Hotel.
Mon. 21.10.2019  11:00 - 17:30 hrs.
VDMA, Frankfurt
This event is an interactive exchange designed for executives and professionals in the large-scale construction sector.
Mon. 21.10.2019 - Fri. 25.10.2019  13:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Business Campus, Parkring 6, 85748 Garching
The complex subject of gearing technology requires continuous further training of engineers. In cooperation with the FVA, Eurotrans has launched a comprehensive training course on the geometry and calculation of gearing. This seminar is aimed at a European audience and is organized by the FVA in Munich in close cooperation with the Research Center for Gears and Transmission Engineering (FZG) of the Technical University of Munich.
Tue. 22.10.2019  12:30 - 17:00 hrs.
Digital possibilities that flow into products and processes bring benefits and spur on further developments. The working group Industrie 4.0 informs itself about the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies at Robert Thomas Metall- und Elektrowerke GmbH & Co. KG.
Wed. 23.10.2019 - Sat. 26.10.2019  09:00 - 14:00 hrs.
Application documents for the German joint stand available +++ Application deadline: July 5, 2019
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
+49 69 6603 1295
+49 69 6603 2295
Industrie 4.0: Publication provides overview of VDMA activities
The VDMA publication "Industrie 4.0 - VDMA´s activities" provides an overview of the association's diverse activities, which comprise the triad of information, knowledge transfer and networking.
Industrie 4.0 – Overview of publications
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.
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.
Dieter Herzig: Selbstlernende Produktionsprozesse
Die AZO GmbH + Co. KG führt Maschinelles Lernen in ihre Produktionsprozesse ein. Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojektes InPulS hat das Unternehmen gemeinsam mit dem Institut für Unternehmenskybernetik der RWTH Aachen eine selbstlernende Prozessregelung entwickelt. Im Interview spricht Dieter Herzig, Chief Digitalization Officer von AZO, über den Nutzen einer Einführung von Künstlicher Intelligenz und Maschinellem Lernen und gibt Tipps für Unternehmen, die sich neu mit dieser Materie beschäftigen.
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.