News

Industrie 4.0 is a widespread topic in German mechanical engineering and plant construction in 2019 - but more than half of all companies are still on the way today, either outsiders or beginners. This is shown by the latest evaluation of the Industrie 4.0 Readiness Online Self-Check.
29.10.2019
Significant Increase in Successful Security Attacks - Businesses Need Better Government Emergency Assistance - Cyber Resiliency as a Prevention Measure
The VDMA coordinates the activities of more than 26 working groups, which define a common, cross-sector language between machines and plants in the form of "OPC UA Companion Specifications".
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds R&D projects in the "Innovations for Tomorrow's Production, Services and Work" research programme that demonstrably improve manufacturing technology processes by using AI technologies in and on machines and production resources.
The BMBF is funding projects on the topic "The future of work: SMEs - innovative and social" as part of the research programme "Innovations for tomorrow's production, services and work".
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.
11.10.2019
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.
12.09.2019
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").
15.08.2019
New VDMA guideline now available
27.06.2019
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.
22.05.2019
"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.

Events

Norms and standards form the basis for tools and methods that companies use on a daily basis. The VDMA Info Day "Product Engineering in an Industrial 4.0 Environment" aims to draw a red thread from product design to production with its series of lectures.
The BMBF supports collaborative projects in the field of "Learning Production Technology - Use of Artificial Intelligence in Production (ProLern)". With the "Marketplace of Project Ideas" on 3 December 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, the VDMA is offering a platform for obtaining information about this current call for proposals.
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.
Wed. 20.11.2019  09:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Primetals, Linz
You are welcome to register for this event now Further information will be provided after the announcement of the agenda
Wed. 20.11.2019  09:30 - 13:00 hrs.
Festhalle Denkendorf, Konferenzräume 1. OG
09:30 o'clock - 13:00 o'clock
Wed. 20.11.2019  09:30 - 13:00 hrs.
Festhalle Denkendorf, Konferenzräume 1. OG
Date: 09:30 o'clock - 13:00 o'clock
Wed. 20.11.2019  10:00 - 16:00 hrs.
Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Das K, Kornwestheim
Since the spring, politicians have continued to push ahead with their legislative initiatives. We provide you with the the current status of the projects from Berlin Mechanical engineering is a particularly export-oriented sector. Business abroad is therefore part of everyday life. However, special care is required for these transactions. Be it compliance duties in India or the social law hurdles of a work assignment abroad in the EU. We will explain to you what you need to pay special attention to In addition to the international aspects, trade tax will play a central role in this event.
Wed. 20.11.2019  10:00 - 15:30 hrs.
Leistritz AG Markgrafenstraße 36.39 90459 Nürnberg
The next exchange of experiences "Service / Customer Service" will take place on 20.11.2019 at LEISTRITZ AG in Nuremberg.
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
+49 69 6603 1295
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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.
Online Library Industry 4.0
The VDMA accompanies and supports its members on their way to Industry 4.0. Here you will find an overview of the 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 www.humans-machines-progress.com
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.