Industrie 4.0 Research

Via its Research Group and the Lab Tours I40, the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 is building a network between companies in mechanical engineering and the innovation centers of German research institutes. The “Industrie 4.0 Research at German Research Institutes” compilation provides assistance in this, offering an overview of the German research landscape. In it, more than 50 universities and institutes report on their current projects.

Research and innovation are essential if Industrie 4.0 is to be successfully integrated into day-to-day business. 

Setting research priorities

With the Research Group I40, the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 plans to support cross-sector research activities within the Industrial Collective Research (IGF) program. The following four key topics were identified in the Research Group I4.0 and further developed into project outlines:

  • Predictive maintenance
  • Connection within the value chain
  • Intelligent and self-learning systems
  • Data services/data mining

The members of the Research Group benefit from the opportunity to actively shape the content of the research projects and become part of a long-lasting network. They can also use the results of the research projects for their own product development activities. VDMA members are always welcome to participate in the Research Group I40.

Experience research up close

VDMA's Lab Tour I40 series of events offers field trips to the centers of innovation at German research institutes in order to actively shape the transfer of research results into industry. The purpose of the event series is to provide VDMA members with insight into the work of German research institutes and to highlight the many facets of research in the Industrie 4.0 environment.

The events focus on presenting real demonstrators in the institutes’ test facilities. The Lab Tours are organized in cooperation with the VDMA state associations.

Overview of research activities on Industrie 4.0 available for download

The compilation “Industrie 4.0 Research at German Research Institutes – Overview” provides VDMA members with an overview of the work of German research institutes in the Industrie 4.0 environment. Its purpose is to support companies and research institutes in finding partners for future projects and activities in the Industrie 4.0 environment in a targeted manner. About 50 universities and institutes report on their current projects at the moment.

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Judith Binzer
Forum Industrie 4.0
Phone +49 69 6603 1810

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