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.
Fit for Industrie 4.0
Industrie 4.0 Readiness Study
The study shows the readiness differences of the companies in the individual 4.0 dimensions and defines critical steps to reach the next level.
Industrie 4.0 Guideline
Guiding principles for the implementation of Industrie 4.0 in small and medium sized businesses
The guideline will assist German mechanical and plant engineering companies in developing their own Industrie 4.0 implementation strategies and business models.
Compilation Industrie 4.0 in Practice
Industrie 4.0 is a crucial field of development on the path to the future of production. Best practice examples show that implementation is advancing.
Industry 4.0 in Industrial Plant Manufacturing - Revolution or Evolution?
While the current discussion focuses primarily on manufacturing in the intelligent factory and the corresponding logistics processes, the effects on upstream value-added phases have not yet been adequately identified. This study therefore discusses the opportunities for plant construction.
German and English
(published: November 2015)
Standards & OPC UA
Guideline Industrie 4.0 Communication with OPC UA
OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) is the data exchange standard for secure industrial communication, independent of the manufacturer or platform, and thus a key technology for Industrie 4.0. The guideline helps German mechanical and plant engineering companies with the introduction and provides practical recommendations.
Research & Innovation
Compilation Industrie 4.0 Research at German Research Institutes
This compilation provides an overview of the German research landscape in this field. In it, more than 70 universities and institutes report on their current projects.
Economy & Digital Strategies
Guideline Investment Calculation for Digitalization Projects and Industrie 4.0 Projects
With the model-based online tool "Investment Calculator 4.0" and the associated guidelines, the VDMA is setting new standards in the economic evaluation of digitisation projects.
Study Platform Economics in Mechanical Engineering
The platform economy will ring in a new age in mechanical engineering, just as it has in the B2C sector. In the future, the added value provided via digital services and business models will be a key element in helping mechanical engineering companies stand out. The study offers insight.
Guideline Successful Marketing of Digital Offers
The guideline presents four success patterns of digital service types: Integral Product Improvement, Complementary Service, Digital Intermediary and Digital Innovation. They make it easier for VDMA members to classify their own digital services.
Digital business models in plant engineering and construction in an international comparison
The study examines the status of digitization in large industrial plant engineering and the market requirements in 2025 by comparing German plant manufacturers with traditional and new, more digitally driven competitors worldwide, evaluating their market position and identifying areas for action.
(published: May 2019)
Guideline Retrofit for Industrie 4.0
In many companies there are machines that have been in use for a long time and are not yet networked. These existing machines must be integrated into the industrial Internet of Things. The guideline shows how to do this.
IMPULS Study: Innovation in Value Networks
How must cooperation and innovation processes change in the age of digitization? And how can suitable partners be identified? Answers to these and other questions are provided in a study by the IMPULS Foundation.
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Final report: Intelligent and self-learning production processes
The research project "Intelligent and self-learning production processes (InPulS)" investigated how machines and systems can teach themselves the optimal processes with little data, both independently and through interaction with the environment. The final report documents the results.
Short Study on Fields of Application of Artificial Intelligence in the Production Environment
The short study as part of "100 Landmarks for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg" makes it easier for companies to enter the topic area.
Data Protection & Security of Networked Systems
Guideline Data Protection & Industrie 4.0
Industrie 4.0 often involves processing personal data. The guideline introduces companies to the topic, provides approaches for minimizing risks and raises awareness of data protection issues.
Training & Work 4.0
Brochure: Work 4.0 - How do we work in the future?
With practical examples from the fields of education, leadership, agility, labor law as well as human-machine-collaboration, the brochure gives impulses and assistance for the operational design of the future.
Short study: Work in Industrie 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg
Digitization and networking are changing our lives, our economy and more and more our work. The study is intended to stimulate the necessary dialogue about the sustainable design of our working environment.
New Forms of Cooperation for Mechanical Engineering
Study Startup Affinity and Strategy in Mechanical Engineering
The start-up study for the mechanical and plant engineering industry shows how open the industry is to cooperation with young companies and how successfully it already cooperates with them.