Industry 4.0 - An overview from the perspective of a German headquarter firm

Industry 4.0: An overview from the perspective of a German- headquartered firm

Dr. Peter Köhler Chief Executive Officer Weidmüller Group

Dr. Björn Six Vice President Business Unit Machinery Solutions Weidmüller Group Dr. Jan Stefan Michels Vice President Standard & Technology Development Weidmüller Group

This article was initially published in the German publication “Industrie 4.0 – ein praxisorientierter Ansatz” by Christiana Köhler-Schute at German publisher KS Energy. Link: http://www.ks-energy-verlag.de/industrie-4-0/

Contents

1 A basic understanding of Industry 4.0 .........................................................................................1 1.1 What is Industry 4.0?.............................................................................................................1 1.2 Essential dimensions of Industry 4.0.....................................................................................2 1.3 Important concepts in the context of Industry 4.0.................................................................3 1.4 Important players in Germany...............................................................................................4 2 Objectives and drivers for Industry 4.0........................................................................................5 2.1 Objectives and drivers from a macro-economic perspective ................................................5 2.2 Objectives and drivers for producing companies and the equipment supplier industry .......6 2.3 Industry 4.0 as a facet of the digital world ............................................................................7 3 Exemplary application areas of Industry 4.0 ...............................................................................7 3.1 Energy management / increase in the efficient use of resources in production systems.......8 3.2 Condition monitoring and diagnosis .....................................................................................8 3.3 Self-optimising production processes ...................................................................................9 4 Challenges in implementing Industry 4.0 ..................................................................................10 4.1 Challenges from the users' point of view ............................................................................10 4.2 Challenges from the equipment suppliers' perspective .......................................................11 4.3 Challenges from the regulatory and political viewpoint .....................................................12 4.4 Challenges from a technical perspective .............................................................................12 4.5 Challenges from the international perspective ....................................................................13 5 Status quo and outlook...............................................................................................................14

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