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Using B2B platforms – the next phase of Industrie 4.0

Digital technologies have arrived on the factory shop floor. Now it is time for Industrie 4.0 to move into its next phase: The combination of data and artificial intelligence mean that new services and business models are now possible. Especially when using and developing B2B platforms, the German industry can benefit from its industry-specific expertise and gain new market share. However, the framework conditions must be just right – data infrastructure, security and interoperability are essential – for the emergence of a new digital ecosystem (see the 2030 Vision of the Plattform Industrie 4.0). The Plattform and its partners are setting out the central foundations.

Autonomy for an innovative SME sector

The industrial SME sector will invest in digital business models and share sensitive data with its partners if the surrounding environment is secure. This is why Plattform Industrie 4.0 initiated a project for the establishment of a European data infrastructure which takes into account the needs of SMEs. The project is now supported by wide selection of partners and stands on its own feet. The Plattform Industrie 4.0’s actors play an intensive role in the shaping of this process, as industry will be of central importance to its application in practice.

Secure and interoperable data

Security creates trust and enables the exchange of sensitive data. Plattform Industrie 4.0 develops security solutions for Industrie 4.0 in cooperation with international partners and carries them over into pilot projects. In order to analyse machine data using artificial intelligence, large quantities of high-quality data need to be aggregated. For this purpose, Plattform Industrie 4.0 developed the administration shell as the basis of digital twins for Industrie 4.0. The projects “Networked Administration Shells” and “Regulatory Testbed” further the application of these concepts.

Examples and Recommendations for Business Models

Alongside the technical requirements for digital value creation, companies need recommendations they can implement. Plattform Industrie 4.0 provides practical examples, identifies basic patterns and the micro and macroeconomic impact of data-driven business models. In addition, it analyses the organisational requirements that accompany digital business models.


About Plattform Industrie 4.0

Plattform Industrie 4.0 is Germany’s central network for the advancement of the digital transformation of manufacturing. Politics, the business community, science, trade unions and associations, comprising more than 350 actors from more than 150 organisations, are active in the Plattform. The Plattform supports German companies with practice examples, information offerings and recommendations for action on the implementation of Industrie 4.0. The numerous examples of international cooperation on the platform highlight its significant role in the global Industrie 4.0 debate.