The term ‘Industry 4.0’ describes the integration of product development, production, logistics and customers within intelligent networks. Materials and precursor products, production machines and consumer products will connect with the digital network and be modelled in a virtual world. Production processes, logistics, sales, service and entire business models can be simulated on a computer to evaluate and assess their viability. This requires intelligent sensors, control elements and safe communication channels via the Internet.
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New manufacturing methods will spring to life if we are able to combine real production and its environment with the computer world, allowing the manufacture of single items on production belts instead of by hand. Production will be able to respond with high flexibility to changes in manufacturing and logistical specifications. A self-controlling production process will then become real. It will not be limited to single companies but will instead permeate entire industries. At the DLR Project Management Agency, our highly qualified experts provide support in this field, for instance in the approval and execution of the associative project ‘InDaSpace – Industrial Data Space: Digital Sovereignty over Data‘. The project aims to develop a reference architecture, including all technical aspects required by the industrial sector.