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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.


Industrie 4.0 in practice - new edition 2019 published
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.
New BMBF Announcement: Mastering the Complexity of Sociotechnical Systems
The aim of the new BMBF funding is to develop transferable methods, models and tools for the development of complex technical systems and to implement these exemplarily for and with companies.
New VDMA Homepage provides early access to standards of tomorrow
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.
umati OPC UA Joint Working Group successfully launched
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.
World Interoperability Conference networks OPC-UA actors worldwide
The VDMA, in cooperation with the OPC Foundation, the FieldCommGroup and Deutsche Messe AG, is hosting the first "World Interoperability Conference - Networking with OPC UA Standardization Groups".
VDMA Interoperability Advisory Board elects new Speakers
The new spokespersons of the VDMA Interoperability Advisory Board represent industry expertise on the subject of Industrie 4.0.
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.
Labs Network Industrie 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich want to promote the digitalisation of the insurance industry
The aim of the strategic partnership between Labs Network 4.0 and InsurTech Hub Munich is to develop innovations, technologies and business models at the interface between industry 4.0 and the insurance industry.
BMBF supports measure "Industry 4.0 Test Environments - Mobilising SMEs for Industry 4.0".
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 VDMA accompanies and supports its members on their way to Industrie 4.0 with numerous events and activities, focusing on information, networking and the exchange of experience. Here is an overview:
With a "Marketplace of Project Ideas" on 24 April 2019, the VDMA and the BMBF are offering a platform to inform themselves about the current call for proposals of the BMBF.
The VDMA, in cooperation with the OPC Foundation, the FieldCommGroup and Deutsche Messe AG, is hosting the first "World Interoperability Conference - Networking with OPC UA Standardization Groups".
With the event "Industrie 4.0 - Identify, calculate and finance first projects" on 20 March 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.
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.