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Industry 4.0
maturity index

Our approach is based on the six stages of Industry 4.0 maturity index, a concept developed by the renowned acatec Study “Industry 4.0 Maturity Index“.
  1. 1 Computerisation
  2. 2 Connectivity
  3. 3 Visibility
  4. 4 Transparency
  5. 5 Forecasting capability
  6. 6 Adaptability

Stage 1

Computerisation

Is the basis for digitalisation. Here, information technologies are used in isolation from each other in the company.

Stage 2

Connectivity

In the connectivity stage, the isolated use of information technology is replaced by connected components. Digital applications are interconnected and reflect the core processes of the company.

Stage 3

Visibility

Here, big data analytics is used to explore cause-effect relationships. The semantic linking and aggregation of data into information as well as its contextual classification represent the cause-and-effect principle knowledge that provides the basis for complex decisions.

Stage 4

Transparency

Here, big data analytics is used to explore cause-effect relationships. The semantic linking and aggregation of data into information as well as its contextual classification represent the cause-and-effect principle knowledge that provides the basis for complex decisions.

Stage 5

Forecasting capability

In this stage, models based on automated machine learning can be used to simulate various future scenarios and subject them to a probability forecast. Forthcoming events can be predicted and suitable measures can be initiated at an early stage. The result is a reduction in unexpected events and a more stable operational process. The ability to predict depends crucially on successful implementation throughout the preliminary stages. A well-developed digital shadow in combination with determined cause-effect relationships lays the foundation for high prediction quality.

Stage 6

Adaptability

Predictive capability is the prerequisite for automatic action and continuous self-optimisation. The goal of stage six is achieved when data from the digital shadow is used in such a way that decisions with the greatest positive impact are made autonomously in the shortest possible time and resulting actions are implemented (in real-time).

At a glance

  • Basis for digitalisation
  • Efficient design of repetitive activities
  • Enables low-cost, low-error production with high precision

At a glance

  • Parts of the Operational Technologies (OT) are linked to Business IT
  • However, full integration of OT and IT has not yet taken place
  • Increasing use of Internet Protocol (IP) on the shop floor with the possibility of standardised communication
  • Possibility to retrofit existing machines with sensors for data collection

At a glance

  • Creation of a digital shadow (digital enterprise model)
  • Forms the basis for the further Industrie 4.0 maturity levels
  • Capture of all relevant data throughout the process
  • Integration of different data sources
  • Creation of the single source of truth

At a glance

  • Big Data applications, ERP and MES systems form a common platform for extensive stochastic data analyses
  • Identification of cause-effect relationships in the digital shadow
  • Use for condition monitoring
  • Prerequisite for predictive maintenance

At a glance

  • The forecasting ability depends decisively on a successful implementation of the preliminary stages.
  • A well-developed digital shadow in combination with determined cause-effect relationships lays the foundation for a high forecasting quality
  • Simulation of different future scenarios and determination of the probability of occurrence
  • Reduction of unexpected events

At a glance

  • Predictive capability is the prerequisite for automatic action and continuous self-optimisation
  • Testing of individual process steps for autonomy capability
  • Decisions are left to IT systems
  • Autonomous adaptation to changing conditions without loss of time

Our partners

We work with renowned institutions and companies to bundle industry-specific domain knowledge and continuously drive the holistic implementation of Industry 4.0 in all its complex dimensions.

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