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About the association

SME networking, set standards, get started: The Industry Business Network 4.0 e.V. was founded in autumn 2016 by innovative medium-sized companies that want to cooperate on the topic of Industry 4.0. The association was presented to the public during the first congress "Fertigung 4.0" under the patronage of Minister of State Ilse Aigner in the Bavarian town of Bad Wörishofen.


Membership in the association is open to all companies, institutions and individuals who would like to actively participate in the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the SME sector. The association sees itself as an industry-independent association of innovative manufacturers, service providers and users. Through cooperation at eye level, the added value of Industry 4.0 is focused on implementation-oriented through the association.
The association has set itself the specific task of developing an implementation guideline for the industrial networking of plants, devices and components in connection with Industry 4.0. During implementation, existing standards, norms and guidelines, such as OPC UA, are set up and expanded in line with the association's goals.


Very important: There is no claim to cover every imaginable Industry 4.0 application from the beginning. No, the Industry Business Network 4.0 will open up the implementation guideline along jointly defined and prioritized value-added fields - always with the aim of making what has already been achieved available to the end user as quickly as possible. And right from the start, the topics of interoperability and safety & security are being considered in the entire development process: For this purpose, the association has TÜV Süd as a competent partner on board. In addition, the association is supervised from a scientific perspective, among others, by Prof. Dr. Johannes Schilp from Fraunhofer IGCV and the University of Augsburg as well as Prof. Dr. Martin Hobelsberger from the Munich University of Applied Sciences.


Based on the identified value-added fields, the members contribute their expertise to the working groups and groups whose activities are supported and coordinated by the association. Other important goals of the association are to promote the reputation of the solutions developed in public and to promote the creation of new jobs in the context of Industry 4.0 in the SME sector.