The German Standardization Roadmap

"The Industrie 4.0 Standardization Roadmap is a "living" communication document of the Expert Panel in the Industrie 4.0 Standardization Council, which in regularly updated editions provides an overview of current activities in standardization, identifies standardization needs and makes recommendations to the international standards organizations from the perspective of German stakeholders. Issue 3 will now be published just in time for the Hanover Fair in April 2018".


(Günter Hörcher, head of the working group Standardization Roadmap and head of the research strategy of Fraunhofer IPA)

German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 - Edition 4

The Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 - Edition 4 is now available for download.

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Publication and hand over Event


Prof. Dieter Wegener

Speaker SCI 4.0 Advisory Board

Michael Teigeler
Managing Director

Christoph Winterhalter

Chairman of Management Board, DIN 

Dr. Thomas Zielke

Acting. Dep. Director General, Fed. BMWi

Dr. Jens Gayko
Managing Director
SCI 4.0

Technical presentations

Olga Meyer
IPA Fraunhofer

Dr. Ulrich Löwen

Andreas Orzelski

Phoenix Contact

Dr. Christoph Legat
SCI 4.0 / Hekuma

  • Presentation "Thoughts and Motivation of the Roadmap" Olga Meyer, IPA Fraunhofer
  • Presentation "Use Case Methodology" Dr. Ulrich Löwen, Siemens
  • Presentation "Asset Administration Shell & AASX Package Explorer" Andreas Orzelski, Phoenix Contact
  • Presentation "Artificial Intelligence" Dr. Christoph Legat, SCI 4.0 / Hekuma
  • Questions & Answers

German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 - Edition 4:
a blueprint to shape the digital ecosystem


Over the past years, Industrie 4.0 has developed from a buzzword to a completely new stage of production as well as the organization and control of the entire value chain. In technological terms, Industrie 4.0 means a fusion of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology).
This leads to a significant overlap of previously separate areas of standardization. Issues, requirements and working methods that were previously relevant now also affect the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering industries to an even greater extent.

Now it is time to think Industrie 4.0 further: What will a global digital value creation system look like? How can we identify and implement the right normative framework for this?


We are convinced harmonized and international standards are an enabler for digitized global value chains. Join and learn how we think to reduce complexity and provide recommendations for uniform I4.0 descriptions, specifications and standards.

From recommendations for action to global harmonisation

At the Hanover Fair 2018, the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI 4.0), together with DIN and VDE|DKE, is presenting the third edition of the standardization roadmap "Industrie 4.0". In the roadmap, the authors - experts from industry, research, science and politics - describe the current development status of Industrie 4.0, outline the requirements for norms and standards and provide impulses for successful implementation. The document focuses on the role of humans in automated environments, the harmonization of smart manufacturing components, reference and data models in Industrie 4.0 as well as communication technologies, service robotics and legal aspects.


"Germany must assert itself in international competition for the best solutions and concepts for Industrie 4.0. To achieve this, a holistic approach and interdisciplinary cooperation of industry as well as norms and standards are essential - not least to successfully implement and establish these solutions globally", says Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener, spokesman of the SCI 4.0 advisory board.


The standardization roadmap will continue to be developed regularly in the future on the basis of new findings - for example, from research projects and work in the standardization committees. We would therefore like to call for and motivate people to continue to participate in this process with comments and, above all, to contribute to it after the publication of the third edition.


Because we have one goal in mind: The German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 - Version4.


Key aspects of the third version

Development of common languages and descriptions

A reference architecture, i.e. a uniform conceptual and methodological structure, forms the basis for this. It creates a common structure and language for the uniform description and specification of concrete system architectures for the application. A proposal for a solution-neutral reference architecture model RAMI 4.0 exists from the platform Industrie 4.0, which is the basis for the further work of the platform. Building on this, a description is now required in close cooperation with the expert committees of what constitutes an Industry 4.0 component and how it can be encapsulated in an administrative shell. Furthermore, based on the reference architecture model, an Industrie 4.0 ontology, grammar and semantics, and thus a common language, can be developed. This requires cooperation across sector and industry boundaries. A holistic view of Industrie 4.0 and its ontology is achieved through the joint approach of mechanical and plant engineering, automation technology, IT economy and producing application industries.


Automation Technology

The structuring and organization of technical-organizational business processes was previously the exclusive domain of users, application providers and tool manufacturers. The application areas include Diagnostics, maintenance, life-cycle management, system integration, optimization, security management. IT security is also a cross-sectional topic in automation.


IT and functional safety

When safety-related control systems perform their safety functions reliably, this is referred to as functional safety (FS). IT security, on the other hand, is concerned with the protection of IT systems against unauthorised actions. If the system under consideration is, for example, a safety-oriented control system, any impairment of its function will also affect the (functional) safety at the same time. Especially with regard to the current convergent technologies, it is important to close these security gaps. In the case of threats to IT security, which have consequences for functional safety, it is practically impossible to assess the danger and translate it into an expected failure rate. In this context, it is a task that has not yet been solved, to arrive at a reliable statement about the expected failures.


The role of humans in Industrie 4.0

One focus of the standardization roadmap is the role of man in the Smart Factory. The experts stress that the smart factory will by no means be deserted. On the contrary, humans will continue to play a central role, for example as actors in the production process, as operators of machines, as maintenance personnel, production planners or programmers. In order to design an ergonomic, efficient, flexible and sustainably successful work system, it is important to include them, the authors emphasize. The standardization roadmap therefore provides concrete recommendations for action for the human-centred design of tasks and activities and the working environment in the Industrie 4.0 environment.



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German Standardization Roadmap Version 3

The Authors

Under the direction of Dipl.-Ing. Dr. rer. Nat. Günter Hörcher, employee at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA Head of Research Strategy, the 1941.0.1 "Standardization Roadmap" working group has drawn up the third edition of the Standardization Roadmap.


The following persons have participated in it: 


  • Dr. Lars Adolph, BAuA, Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Dorrtmund
  • Ernst Ammon, Schaeffler AG, Herzogenaurach
  • Udo Bausch, Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr am Main
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Beck, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Universität, Hannover
  • Dr. Heinz Bedenbender, VDI – Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V., Düsseldorf
  • Alexander Bentkus, Standardization Council Industrie 4.0, Frankfurt am Main
  • Meik Billmann, ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V., Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. Andre Braunmandl, BSI - Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Lennart Brumby, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mannheim, Eppelheim
  • Dr. Mikko Börkircher, Metall NRW, Düsseldorf
  • Prof, Dr. Michael Clasen, Hochschule Hannover, Hannover
  • Jan de Meer, Smart Space Lab GmbH, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Diedrich, ifak - Institut für Automation und Kommunikation e.V., Magdeburg
  • Dr. Dagmar Dirzus, VDI - Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V., Düsseldorf
  • Filiz Elmas, DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V., Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Epple, RWTH Aachen Lehrstuhl für Prozessleittechnik, Aachen
  • Guido Focke, ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen
  • Marc Fliehe, Verband der TÜV e.V., Berlin
  • Dr. Norman Franchi, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Dr. Jochen Friedrich, IBM, Mannheim
  • Jessica Fritz, DKE - Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik im DIN und VDE, Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. Jens Gayko, DKE - Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik im DIN und VDE, Frankfurt am Main
  • Heinz-Uwe Gerhardt, Bosch, Ehingen
  • Marcel Graus, RWTH, Aachen
  • Jürgen Hagedorn, B.A.D Gesundheitsvorsorge und Sicherheitstechnik GmbH, Bonn
  • Anton Hauck, bayme vbm - Bayrische M+E Arbeitgeber, München
  • Roland Heidel, Kommunikationslösungen e.K., Kandel
  • Dr. Günter Hörcher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung, Stuttgart
  • Dr. Tim Jeske, ifaa- Institut für angewandte Arbeitswissenschaft e. V., Düsseldorf
  • Lutz Jännicke, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG, Blomberg
  • Britta Kirchhoff, BAuA - Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Dortmund
  • Dr. Wolfgang Klasen, Siemens AG, München
  • Eckehardt Klemm, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg
  • Thomas Köpp, Südwestmetall - Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e.V., Stuttgart
  • Wolfgang Kötter, GITTA mbH
  • Dr. Christian Krug, VDI Verein Deutscher Ingenieure Technologiezentrum GmbH,Düsseldorf
  • Yves Leboucher, Standardization Council Industrie 4.0, Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. Michael Lemke, Huawei Technologies,Berlin
  • Dr. Ulrich Löwen, Siemens AG, Erlangen
  • Clemens Lutsch, Centigrade GmbH, Haar
  • Gisela Meister, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
  • Jens Mehrfeld, BSI - Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, Bonn
  • Theo Metzger, Bundesnetzagentur, Mainz
  • Doris Meurer, UBA – Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau
  • Olga Meyer, Frauenhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung, Stuttgart
  • Dr. Stephan Middelkamp, HARTING AG & Co. Kg, Espelkamp
  • Dr. Christian Mosch, VDMA - Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V., Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Rannenberg, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. Lutz Rauchhaupt, ifak - Institut für Automation und Kommunikation e.V., Magdeburg
  • Dr. Georg Rehm, DFKI - Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Berlin
  • Gunther Reischle-Schedler, IBM, Ehingen
  • Ingo Rolle, DKE - Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik im DIN und VDE,Frankfurt am Main
  • Stefan Sagert, VDMA - Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V., Frankfurt am Main
  • Johannes Schmidt, Institut für Angewandte Informatik e.V. (InfAI), Leipzig
  • Dr. Gerhard Steiger, Normenausschuss Maschinenbau im DIN, Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr. -Ing. Patricia Stock, REFA-Institut e.V., Dortmund
  • Alina Tausch, BAuA - Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Dortmund
  • Detlef Tenhagen, HARTING AG & Co. KG, Espelkamp
  • Dr. Matias Uslar, OFFIS - Institut für Informatik, Oldenburg
  • Wei Wei, IBM, Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Steffen Wischmann, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin