Areas of action

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Promoting the digitisation of industry through dialogue

Industrie 4.0 is a complex undertaking. It affects many and often overlapping fields of activity. The following pages describe the fields which require decisions to be made by politicians and industrial actors. To this effect, Plattform Industrie 4.0 is drawing up recommendations for action through dialogue with all social stakeholders.


Work 4.0 – How will digitised industrial processes affect work?

Production is becoming more dynamic, efficient and technologically complex through Industrie 4.0. This is not without consequences for the future world of work: working conditions need to be redesigned, education and training need new content.


Between trust and security: New security concepts for Industrie 4.0

Information and data security are becoming increasingly important in a digital world - for business especially when it comes to sabotage, espionage or attacks on know-how and intellectual property. Security is an important cross-cutting issue that should be thought along at the very beginning of product development and the design of Industrie 4.0 processes.


A common language for Industrie 4.0 technologies

When machines interact with machines or production parts within a factory , they must learn to understand each other. Standardization is therefore the key for intersectoral and cross-sectoral Industrie 4.0 projects.


Between data protection and supporting innovation: The legal framework for Industrie 4.0

Legal provisions can only ensure security, create acceptance and encourage innovation if they keep up with the development of new business models.


Exchanging knowledge for the products of tomorrow.

Interdisciplinary cooperation is the basis for complex Industrie 4.0 technologies. Research and innovation act as important incubators for knowledge transfer: From user research to practical testing. The goal is an Industrie 4.0 by Design - Made in Germany.