Around 20 VDMA members visited the Cybernetics Lab in Aachen in February 2020 to see examples of research on Industrie 4.0 and artificial intelligence.
Virtual commissioning is becoming increasingly important across all industries. Against this background, the VDMA guideline "Virtual commissioning" is currently being developed. It will be published in autumn 2020.
About 30 VDMA members met at the VDMA in Frankfurt on January 16, 2020, to launch new project ideas for joint research projects in the field of Industrie 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence.
Together with a project advisory board consisting of VDMA members, the VDMA is currently working on the guideline "Retrofit for Industrie 4.0: new benefits with existing machines". Release date is autumn this year.
Around 50 VDMA members visited Lenze SE in Hameln on 16 January. The highlight of the experience exchange event was the company's Plug & Produce Showcase, which illustrates the advantages of OPC UA in a very concrete way.
The European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) today discussed artificial intelligence (AI) at its first meeting of the new year.
In which areas do the engineers in mechanical engineering work? Where are the needs? Is a shortage of applicants to be expected? What is the age structure? These and other questions are answered in the VDMA engineering survey. The detailed version for the year 2019 is now available.
The guideline "Value Generation from Machine Data 4.0" supports small and medium-sized mechanical engineering companies in the profitable self-exploitation of machine data. The focus is on the entire value chain, because: Only together can machine operators, machine manufacturers and automation producers realize the maximum benefit from machine data.
The results of the Enquete Commission "AI and Economy" are generally well received by the VDMA, as KI is clearly named as a key technology for the economy. However, from the VDMA's point of view, increased coordination between science, industry and civil society is absolutely necessary in this important area.
Mechanical and plant engineering continues to set new records for engineering employment. This is shown by the new VDMA engineering survey, which is carried out every three years.
Are you interested in participating as a speaker at the Forum Industrie 4.0 at the Hannover Messe 2020? Here you will find information on the topics on which contributions can be submitted, the framework conditions and the Call for Papers.
German production technology presents itself at the largest metalworking trade fair in the ASEAN region. The VDW uses the event to present umati - universal machine tool interface for the communication of machines and IT, for the first time live in Asia.
The industry associations welcome the award conditions for industrial and agricultural mobile radio networks in the frequency range 3.7 to 3.8 GHz. From now on, planning, installation and configuration of private 5G mobile radio networks can be started.
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.
The introduction of tax incentives for research marks an important milestone in German innovation policy.
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.


Visit the 2nd World Interoperability Conference on April 20, 2020 in Hannover. Get to know the standards of tomorrow today!
At the meeting of the VDMA working group "I40 and AI" on March 12, 2020, representatives of VDMA and member companies will intensively discuss the project idea "Uncertainty estimation in neural networks" as a successor of the project InPulS. Other VDMA members with an interest in research are cordially invited.
Event on 17 February 2020 in Frankfurt am Main
The tax incentives for research are on the home straight. But what opportunities does this offer companies? You can find out how the new instrument works and what you need to consider at our VDMA Info Day on 26 February 2020.
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.
Fri. 28.02.2020  09:00 - 15:00 hrs.
TTTech Industrial Automation AG, Innovation Space, Wien
Invitation and detailed information will follow
Mon. 02.03.2020  11:00 - 12:00 hrs.
Teams-Besprechung , Online Meeting
Conference Call
Tue. 03.03.2020  09:00 - 17:00 hrs.
NEU!!!, H4 Hotel Leipzig (Schongauerstr. 2, 04329 Leipzig)
New version of the machinery directive, conformity
Tue. 03.03.2020  10:00 - 16:00 hrs.
ORBIS, das seminarraumkonzept gmbh, Bruckmannring 32, 85764 Oberschleißheim
The next exchange of experience "Sales in economically difficult times" will take place on 03.03.2020 from
Tue. 03.03.2020  11:00 - 17:00 hrs.
VDMA-Haus, Frankfurt-Niederrad, Konferenzzimmer
Please make a note of the date today. As soon as the invitation has been sent to our mailing list, you can register online for the event here.
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
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Online Library Industrie 4.0
The VDMA accompanies and supports its members on their way to Industrie 4.0. Here you will find an overview of the current publications on the subject.
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.
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.