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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.


How can machines and plants independently optimize industrial processes through interaction with their environment? This is currently being investigated by the research project InPulS. The machine learning method "Reinforcement Learning" is applied. Two application scenarios will be tested.
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 aim of the funding is to promote innovative applications of artificial intelligence methods in practice. The funding of collaborative projects is intended to strengthen the transfer between science and industry to the advantage of both parties.
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.
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.
New publication of the expert group Machine Learning
Value creation in B2B business is increasingly coming from digital services. Mechanical engineering can be a driver of the new platform economy – as long as the topic is internalized all the way up to board level.
Uniform interfaces are an important prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0. For the industry, FVA e.V., the German Research Association for Drive Technology, provides a free-available interface for the exchange of gearbox data.


The VDMA accompanies and supports its members on their way to Industrie 4.0 with numerous events and activities, focusing on information, networking and the exchange of experience. Here is an overview:
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.
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.
Dr. Beate Stahl
Dr. Beate Stahl
Forum Industrie 4.0 Project Management
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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.
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.