The use of digital technologies in industry will lead to a number of new production methods, business models and products. For example, production lines need no longer be limited to a single product. This will change the demands made of industrial manufacturing. IT support will make it possible to adapt processing stations flexibly to a changing product mix. This enables capacity to be utilised optimally. In addition, the automated analysis processes can reveal maintenance needs and production downtime risks.

Over 300 practical German examples demonstrate that innovative processes for linking plant equipment, IT systems and business models more closely are already being developed and implemented by companies and research institutions. This collection will continue to grow steadily in the course of Plattform Industrie 4.0’s work.