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.
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.


On January 24, 2020 the second meeting of the OPC UA Working Groups of the VDMA will take place. The aim is to network the participants from a wide range of industries with each other.
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.
Thu. 12.12.2019  10:00 - 17:00 hrs.
HORSCH Maschinen GmbH, Am Horsch Werk 6, 07580 Ronneburg
Digitized production also changes the world of work. Which competences are in demand
Thu. 12.12.2019  11:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Wassermann Technologie GmbH, Eichenzell
You are welcome to register for the event today
Tue. 17.12.2019  10:00 - 15:30 hrs.
Siemens AG, Raum: Friedrich Heller / Lorenz Geist, Von-der-Tann-Straße 31, 90439 Nürnberg
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Tue. 17.12.2019 - Wed. 18.12.2019  10:30 - 14:00 hrs.
Business Campus, Parkring 6, 85748 Garching
Damage Forms - Causes of Damage - Damage Analysis
Thu. 19.12.2019  10:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Every mechanical and plant engineering project begins with a contract between two parties. In most cases, there are quite different players on both sides: from medium-sized companies to large global corporations.
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
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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 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.
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.