News

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.
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.
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.
The BMBF's new announcement on the funding measure "Industry 4.0 Test Environments - Mobilising SMEs for Industry 4.0" has been officially published.
Machines have to speak the same language in the Future´s smart factories. The decisive factor here is the standardization of communication interfaces. Therefore, the VDMA is currently developing industry-specific OPC UA Companion Specifications and has just released the OPC UA Companion Specifications for Robotics and Machine Vision.
The Guideline Sensors for Industrie 4.0 supports users and manufacturers of sensor systems in developing cost-efficient sensor systems. It is now available in English.
Merging Industrie 4.0 and Lean Management offers great potential for successfully developing companies. The VDMA Guideline is intended to support companies.

Events

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.
08.08.2019
"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".
Tue. 17.09.2019  10:00 - 16:30 hrs.
The SOArc working group focuses on service-oriented and real-time control at field level. The aim of the working group is to develop a concept for a generic call mechanism of skills via OPC UA. The call mechanism shall be developed for the OPC UA Client/Server as well as for the PubSub model in combination with time-sensitive networking for real-time control on field level. The results are to be manifested in a corresponding OPC UA Companion Specification and incorporated into the Field Level Communications Initiative of the OPC Foundation.
Tue. 17.09.2019  13:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Düsseldorf
The Heavy Goods Transport discussion group provides a platform for companies to engage in constructive exchange on this topic. It is open to further interested parties and we cordially invite you to participate. The further activities of the discussion group will be discussed on 17 September 2019.
Tue. 17.09.2019  13:30 - 17:00 hrs.
Remscheid
The Factory Tour is intended to show examples of successful implementation of Industry 4.0 in companies. The aim of the event is also to receive suggestions for own projects and innovations as well as to exchange experiences and ideas on site. The event will take place at Oerlikon Manmade Fibers in Remscheid.
Tue. 17.09.2019  13:30 - 17:00 hrs.
VDMA-Haus, Frankfurt-Niederrad, Raum 1
You are welcome to register for the event today
Wed. 18.09.2019  09:00 - 16:00 hrs.
VDMA
Additive manufacturing - customized products, complex mass products, innovative materials
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
+49 69 6603 1295
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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.
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 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.
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.