Plattform Industrie 4.0

Digitization creates opportunities and challenges for the industrial sector in Germany. More flexibility, individualization and efficiency are driving forces of German businesses in the context of digitization.
New forms of “digital economy and digital labour” offer great economic potential but demand simultaneously for innovative solutions regarding possible challenges in the implementation process.
The “Digitalplattform Industrie 4.0” which has been initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) aims to enable a target-oriented dialogue concerning Industrie 4.0 among actors from the political, economic and scientific sector as well as the associations. Relevant topics will be identified, societal effects analysed and a necessary framework for the implantation will be created jointly.
IFOK, together with VDI Technolgiezentrum GmBH, is in charge of the secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Additionally, to the organization and implementation of thematic working groups, IFOK is in charge of communication, events and provide contact persons in the context of Industrie 4.0.

First Stakeholder Forum on Digitising European Industry

How do we shape the future in the age of digital industries? Over 500 participants came together to discuss a common European vision on 31st January and 1st February 2017 at Zeche Zollverein in Essen.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Commission had invited stakeholders from all EU countries.  Experts and company representatives discussed, among others, the effects of digitization on the European labour market. The topics of standardization, data security and regulatory challenges were addressed in thematic workshops on the second conference day.

Former Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and current Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther H. Oettinger, emphasized in his keynote speech the necessity for European cooperation in the context of Industrie 4.0.  European activities that serve national initiatives to exchange ideas and experiences in the context of digitizing industries have been corroborated. The “European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs” represents just one of many ways to exchange experiences and expertise in the future.

IFOK is, in its role as a consortium partner, in charge of the Secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0. Against this backdrop, IFOK was responsible for the conception and content of the event.

Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward

Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward
Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium promote the digital transformation together.

At the SAP Headquarters, in Walldorf / St. Leon-Rot, more than 300 experts came together for the second joint meeting of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium on 21st September 2016. The two initiatives pooled their expertise to accelerate the digitalization of industrial production. The two partners want to secure the compatibility of their respective reference architectures and facilitate companies’ access to test environments.

IFOK’s role: IFOK and the VDI Technolgiezentrum GmBH are charge of the secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
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