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Welcome to the Industrie 4.0 Forum
Digitalization will affect and shape all sectors of industry. Be it a revolution or an evolutionary process – each and every company must find its path to Industrie 4.0. The VDMA accompanies and supports its members: You can find an overview of the Federation's diverse activities in the three core fields of information, knowledge transfer and networking here.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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