Latest news in the world of Industrie 4.0

Publication of the "Sino-German White Paper on Functional Safety for Industrie 4.0 and Intelligent Manufacturing"

The white paper sheds light on the common Sino-German view on functional safety issues in the Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing environment. It explains the basic concept of traditional technical safety, which used to be based on mechanical and electronic technology. The paper elaborates on the rising complexity and interconnection among systems, outlining how the overall infrastructure has become more susceptible to internal failures and cyberattacks. To this extent, the paper analyses existing standards, specifications and provides recommendations to achieve safety for Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing. It concludes that existing international standards need to be interpreted and amended to cover new issues and hazards. It also refers to the potential integration of safety and security.



By facilitating the harmonization of key standards at the international level, the Sino-German Standardisation Cooperation enables industry and consumers alike to integrate into seamless modern global value chains. Within five years of cooperation, both sides were able to reach joint agreements on a variety of topics at the international level and handed in joint standard proposals.

The Sino-German Whitepaper on Functional Safety is jointly elaborated by the technical experts involved in the Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing (SWG I4.0/IM) of the Sino-German Standardization Cooperation Committee. The SWG I4.0/IM is technically led by the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI 4.0) and its Chinese partner National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardization Administration Group (IMSG).

The cooperation is politically steered by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).


As a next step, the technical experts will start discussions on the effect given by emerging and highly innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence that are set to touch many aspects of functional safety.


The White Paper is available for Download here 

"Industrie 4.0-The Reference Architecture Model RAMI 4.0 & the Industrie 4.0 component"


"Industrie 4.0-The Reference Architecture Model RAMI 4.0 & the Industrie 4.0 component", the English translation of the guidance paper "Basiswissen RAMI 4.0" is published by Beuth Verlag


With the Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0), different aspects are brought together in a common model (communication layer, life cycle of plants or products as well as automation and IT level) for the first time. With this guide, the reader receives a summary of various documents on the topic of Industrie 4.0 for the first time: a red thread, so to say, which relates the contents of these documents to each other. The book provides the technical basics for the realization of Industrie 4.0 value-added networks, in which objects of the physical world are described as I4.0 components for their use in the information world according to the Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0).

New chair of the coordination body elected: Congratulations to Dr. Jens Gayko!

Dr Jens Gayko was elected as the new chair of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group on Smart Manufacturing (CEN-CLC-ETSI SMa-CG).


In the context of the constitution of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group on Smart Manufacturing (CEN-CLC-ETSI SMa-CG), Dr. Jens Gayko (Managing Director SCI 4.0) was elected as the new chair of the coordination body. The associated secretariat is located at DIN and is supervised by Anna Petschulies.

New "SCI 4.0 Expertenrat für Künstliche Intelligenz in industriellen Anwendungen" established

Artificial intelligence (AI) is perhaps the biggest future topic. Together with German companies, research institutions, technology experts and associations, the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0, together with DKE and DIN, would like to create a national expert council to discuss and implement technologies and fields of application of AI in Industrie 4.0 as well as possibilities of implementation using technical standards. Due to numerous international activities in the field of Artificial Intelligence, it is our goal to initiate a national discourse that allows for an early involvement and co-design of international activities. For German stakeholders, this offers the opportunity to bring future technologies to the market by establishing international norms and standards. 

2nd Annual Conference of the German-Mexican Working Group for Quality Infrastructure

The second annual meeting of the German-Mexican working group on quality infrastructure took place in León, Guanajuato, in the context of the Hannover Messe. More than 40 high-ranking representatives of the government, industry & technical institutions participated.


The meeting confirmed that both governments are ready and committed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of quality infrastructure, standardization and conformity assessment.


Opening the meeting, Ernesto Acevedo Fernández, Undersecretary of State for Industry and Trade of the Ministry of Economy, stressed that progress in the development of quality infrastructures can strengthen competition and reduce inequalities. Therefore, small and medium-sized enterprises were a priority for the Mexican government. Acevedo added that Mexico and Germany are countries whose economies are exposed to international trade, so it is appropriate to address challenges together in a framework of trade opening that must ensure the free flow of goods, services, technology and data.


Stefan Schnorr, responsible for digital and innovation policy at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in Germany, said that the economy is increasingly global and digital. He acknowledged that the two countries have a very active communication on standardisation and conformity assessment and stressed the importance of the challenges for the regulation and standardisation of online trade, market surveillance and computer security worldwide.


Alfonso Guati Rojo, Director General of Standards of the Ministry of Economy, explained that by promoting the project of the new Law on Quality Infrastructure, the Mexican government is seeking to increase the participation of industry in standardization processes and to standardize with regulations that shorten the time required to update standards for the benefit of the industry itself and consumers, with the emphasis on strengthening the culture of quality infrastructure throughout the industry, rather than on coercive or corrective measures.


For their part, Volkmar Stein and Yves Leboucher shared the German experience and the standardization process in Industry 4.0 on current topics such as artificial intelligence. The experts reported on the progress of standards development and standardization in Germany, which is characterized by its transparency and the active participation of the chambers of industry, interest groups, trade unions, professional associations and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.


The meeting also served to report on the progress of cooperation between the two working groups last year and between the two countries with regard to standardization, conformity assessment and to sign the work programme for next year.



The meeting was also attended by the subprocurators Talía del Carmen Vázquez and Agustín Pineda from the Federal Office of Public Prosecution, René Carranza from the National Metrology Center, Maribel López from the Mexican Accreditation Body and various German officials and experts such as Boris Bohme, Director of Product Safety and Market Surveillance; Anshali Shtaponvoncul, Consultant for Conformity Assessment; Volkmar Stein from the Ministry of Economics and Energy and Daniel Solterbeck from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit.

Complex world - unthinkable without functional safety

- is the title of a publication by DKE standards manager Holger Lange and head of Innovation Stefan Heusinger in the current issue of DIN Mitteilungen.


Functional safety has become indispensable, particularly in automation technology, aviation and the automotive sector. With the requirements and established methods laid down in the standards, it supports developers in bringing functionally safe products to the market.


While linear "stand alone" products were still state of the art a few years ago, complexity is now increasing multi-dimensionally with the required degree of networking between Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence.


Challenges arising in this context for both developers and standardization were discussed with the expert audience at this year's "Erfurter Tage" - the established DKE event for Functional Safety.


You can obtain the complete publication here.

VDE Tec Summit 2020

The VDE Tec Summit from 26 to 27 February 2020 in the Arena in Berlin is the leading congress in the fields of Industry, Energy, Mobility, Future Technologies and Cybersecurity.


In 28 sessions, 3 plenums, various interactive formats and an accompanying trade exhibition, participants will be given a profitable cross-industry application reference.


You will find more information here.

New developments were presented at the LNI 4.0 knowledge transfer event

On February 27, 2019, the knowledge transfer event of the LNI 4.0 (Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V.) took place at the Fraunhofer IPK, where small and medium-sized companies were supported in their pioneering role in digitization.


The greeting, spoken by the chairman of the LNI 4.0, Thomas Hahn, shows the measures taken to support small and medium-sized enterprises, such as the offer of a neutral contact point, as well as a dialogue, competence and experimentation platform on the threshold of Industry 4.0 for companies. In order to get to know innovations and business models around Industry 4.0 and to try them out, the association offers help in finding the necessary test centres and trials.  


"There is still a lot we can do to help German SMEs overcome the hurdles on the way to Industry 4.0," said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl from the host Fraunhofer IPK, one of the more than fifty cooperating test centres of LNI 4.0, thus highlighting the importance of cooperation between SMEs and research.


Representing the Smart Electronic Factory e.V. ( SEF ), which with its members researches, develops and tests SME-suitable 4.0 solutions for manufacturing companies in real electronic factories, Heike Vocke, managing director of iSAX, spoke. Going on the offensive with digitization, generating added value through cross-value-added cooperation with suppliers and customers and participating in networks to develop innovative production processes are steps that Vocke encouraged. "Networked production is becoming increasingly decisive for the competitiveness of SMEs. SME initiatives such as the SEF are a good opportunity to build up the necessary know-how for their own operations at comparatively low investment costs".


"Especially small and medium-sized enterprises are advancing digitization in an innovative and strong way." In conclusion, media scientist Prof. Dr. Ingrid Scheffler emphasized the changes in communication in her lecture "Alexa", "Watson", Social Bots - a new life through AI? Communication Science and Ethical Perspectives".


Apart from the lectures and keynotes, there was the possibility to present selected production and educational uses of Cases of LNI4.0 as well as the process-oriented applications of the Fraunhofer IPK on site and to exchange information with experts on the respective technologies and hold technical discussions.

6th annual Meeting of the Indo-German working group

The sixth annual meeting of the Indo-German working group on quality infrastructure took place on 17 and 18 January 2019 in Berlin. Germany and India founded the working group in 2013 to strengthen their economic cooperation, reduce technical barriers to trade and increase product safety. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Supply (MoCAF&PD) as well as other ministries are working closely together on topics such as standardization, accreditation and conformity assessment, metrology, product safety and market surveillance.


State Secretary Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum: "We are experiencing rapid technological development, which brings with it new challenges - especially in the digital world. Quality infrastructure can turn these challenges into opportunities and India is a key partner for Germany in this respect. We are therefore particularly pleased that we are expanding Indo-German cooperation on topics such as IT security, data protection, electromobility and Industry 4.0. For our bilateral economic cooperation, an ongoing technical exchange between experts from industry and government, such as the Indo-German working group on quality infrastructure, is of central importance.


State Secretary Avinash K. Srivastava of the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs: "Germany is India's most important trading partner in Europe. Our bilateral dialogue helps to exchange experiences and improve economic conditions for both sides. It enables a continuous and results-oriented exchange of expertise, which further strengthens our relations. Germany's expertise in technology and manufacturing makes Germany an ideal strategic partner for India".


This year's annual meeting was attended by an Indian delegation from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the Ministry of Heavy Industry, the Indian Standards Authority (BIS) and the Indian Industrial Association CII. Altogether more than 60 German and Indian representatives of the private sector, the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE (DKE), the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) and subordinate authorities (PTB, BAM) participated. The dialogue takes place within the framework of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI), within which the BMWi cooperates with countries such as Brazil, China, India and Mexico. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the implementation of the project on behalf of the BMWi.

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German-Polish Economic Forum

Digitization - Energy - Mobility


On Monday, 18 March 2019, the German-Polish Economic Forum will take place at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in Berlin on the initiative of the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, Peter Altmaier, and the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland, Jadwiga Emilewicz.


Central topics of the Polish and German economy are digitalization, energy policy and mobility.


The Economic Forum offers actors from industry and politics in both countries a forum for networking, professional exchange and the initiation of cooperation.


Not only top-class impulse lectures, panel discussions and expert forums, but also an exhibition with exhibits from research and development offer comprehensive networking opportunities.


The BMWi looks forward to welcoming you.


The programme will be published shortly, after which you will have the opportunity to register for the conference using the BMWi's online registration tool.


If you have any questions, please contact