I4.0 component

Globally uniquely identifiable participant with communication capability consisting of administration shell and asset (corresponds to CP24, CP34 or CP44) within an I4.0 system which there offers services with defined QoS (quality of service) characteristics

Note 1: For its services and data, the I4.0 component offers protection commensurate with the task.

Note 2: An I4.0 component can represent a production system, a single machine or station, or even an assembly within a machine.

Source: Industrie 4.0 – Begriffe/Terms, VDI Statusreport Industrie 4.0 (April 2017)