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Map of Industrie 4.0 use cases

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Industrie 4.0 map

All information at a glance: Use cases – test centres – information and support services

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Use cases

Germany – a leader on Industrie 4.0

Many German companies and research establishments have already started to connect their machinery and equipment more closely with IT systems and business models. The Industrie 4.0 map provides an overview of more than 350 practical examples from industry, highlighting Germany’s role as a leader on Industrie 4.0.

The use of digital technologies in industry is promoting the development of a large number of new production methods, business models and products. Production lines are becoming ever more flexible. They are no longer limited to the production of one single product. This also means that the requirements towards manufacturing are changing.

IT support will make it possible to dynamically adapt work stations in the production line to a changing product mix. This means capacity can be used in the best way possible. In addition, the automated analysis processes that are used can provide information about maintenance needs and production downtime risks.

Use cases in Germany and worldwide

Map of Industrie 4.0 use cases

Germany

The map shows where Industrie 4.0 applications are already being used in Germany today, with each practical example being represented by a pin.

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Map of the French initiative Industrie du futur

France

The French initiative Industrie du futur has also already brought together over 150 French best practices (available only in French).

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Map of the Japanese Robot Revolution Initiative

Japan

The English-language map of the Japanese Robot Revolution Initiative so far shows over 150 Japanese use cases.

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Testbeds

Easing access for SMEs

The economic strength of Germany depends on the manufacturing SME sector. There are numerous small and medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering companies that are already developing new components for Industrie 4.0. They are looking for realistic, complex and interconnected testbeds where they can test their latest developments in a realistic environment in order to prepare them for production. Likewise, the operators of new digital technologies require appropriate and entry-barrier-free ways to test innovative system approaches and networked business models and bring them to market maturity.

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Cooperation & coordination

Connecting testbeds

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All testbeds at a glance

Map: Testbeds in Germany

Testbeds map

Plattform Industrie 4.0’s testbeds map shows the location of the German research and development facilities where Industrie 4.0 applications can be tested [only in German].

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Industrie 4.0 research map

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Industrie 4.0 research map

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides an overview of the 500 German sites where research on Industrie 4.0 is conducted [only in German].

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Information and support

Navigating the support services landscape

Are you looking for information or support? The map helps you find free-of-charge services near you!

It provides an overview of Länder initiatives, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s centres of excellence, regional networks and clusters and the services provided by the business associations.

Orientation and contact

Companies can use the map to find the right non-commercial information and support services in their region and identify contacts who can provide advice. This will help them take the first steps towards implementing Industrie 4.0 solutions in their business [only in German].

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