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Understanding Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 tightly interweaves digital tools with industrial production. Although the term is readily bandied about, its meaning is not always clear. The links on this page will take you to well-researched studies, videos, platforms and specialised books.

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Bechtle Special Release.

Industrie 4.0. – Die vernetzte Produktion: flexibel , transparent, schnell – und IT-getrieben.


The idea of networking virtually anything and anyone is fascinating. Bechtle’s Special Release reveals the highly diverse aspects of digitally networked production. It also lays out the opportunities this presents for German industry.

Studies, Brochures, Platforms.

Neue Chancen für unsere Produktion - 17 Thesen des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Plattform Industrie 4.0. 


The scientific advisory board to Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4.0 presents 17 statements clearly conveying the tangible benefits of Industry 4.0. These statements, or theses, as they are called, also serve as criteria against which to measure the claims of companies purporting to contribute to the digitisation of manufacturing. They describe the goals of Industry 4.0 and counteract any dilution of the term by clearly delineating what it means.

Plattform Industrie 4.0 

(German and English)

Plattform Industrie 4.0 is a joint effort amongst representatives from the political, economic, scientific and labour communities. Together they are working to shape Germany’s fourth industrial revolution.

Industrie 4.0 – Status und Perspektiven 


The project group studying market segmentation set out to establish an empirical basis upon which to assess the current status and outlook of Industry 4.0. It published its results in this report.


Dates and publications.


This European study, conducted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, was commissioned by the Federation of German Industry (BDI).


A brochure published by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Industry 4.0 is an overarching concept that will dramatically change the value chain of most companies. Its purpose is to make products and solutions available to users throughout the world, through flexible, smart technology. This book contains contributions from several well-known authors who explain the basic underlying technology, potential and impact of Industry 4.0 on education and the workplace.

Industry 4.0: The Industrial Internet of Things 


This book addresses the foundation, technology, current state and potential of Industry 4.0. It also provides examples of where and how Industry 4.0 has been implemented.


This book looks at empirical data from 45 specific application examples and identifies the potential benefits of cyber-physical systems undergirding the fourth industrial revolution. Focusing on services, it explores options for increasing the efficiency of existing processes and examines the hitherto unforeseen potential of Industry 4.0.

Published on Oct 7, 2016.