Industry 4.0

Industrie 4.0
Foto: Bernd Müller, © Fraunhofer IAO


How digitalization is changing the manufacturing world

One aspect of Industry 4.0 is the way manufacturing work is quickly changing with smart connectivity: machines, plants, products, warehouses and tools communicate with each other. And thanks to mobile devices, they communicate with employees, too. Products can now be manufactured more easily and with more variations. Companies can better satisfy the needs of individual customers. Digitalization will also change the service provider business and offer manufacturing plants new opportunities.

At Fraunhofer IAO, we are at the forefront of scientific research and practical design for this development. We

  • identify the impact, challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0 for companies and their workforces,
  • develop individualized Industry 4.0 solutions for our clients in manufacturing, from the initial idea on through to implementation,
  • create new business models,
  • bring industrial enterprises, technology suppliers and organizations together in the Manufacturing Work 4.0 (»Produktionsarbeit 4.0«) innovation network,
  • use Fraunhofer IAO’s Industry 4.0 Future Lab to optimize each use case,
  • offer an up-to-date overview of available technologies, and
  • examine the phenomenon in scientific studies.

How will Industry 4.0 impact your manufacturing operations? Let us advise you today!


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Future Work Lab

A vibrant innovation center, the Future Work Lab allows visitors to experience the future of manufacturing today. In it, companies, associations, people who work in industry and trade unions can find out all about labor concepts for the digitalized world. The Lab services are based on three pillars:

  • The demonstration center
  • The "Fit for Future Work" learning environment
  • The ideas center


Related service

Flexible workforce in manufacturing

Fraunhofer IAO works closely with companies to develop flexible personnel deployment tools that provide a competitive advantage in the face of market volatility and market crises. We work to provide our customers with tailored and flexible concepts that work to the advantage of everyone involved – employers and employees.


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Industry 4.0 competences

Industry 4.0 is reshaping the way humans and machines divide up responsibility for work and decision making – calling for new competences from those involved. We identify those competences requirements for SMEs, and develop work-oriented training concepts.


Innovation network

Produktionsarbeit 4.0

Als Partner entwickeln Sie im Verbund mit anderen Unternehmen und Institutionen maßgeschneiderte Industrie-4.0-Lösungen für Ihr Unternehmen. Dazu steht Ihnen das »Zukunftslabor Industrie 4.0« als einzigartiges Industrie-4.0-Anwendungsfeld zur Verfügung.