Meetings with associations, organizations and project teams are an important part of our company philosophy. Only through the active exchange of ideas, thoughts and experiences with experts from the industry is it possible to keep up to date with technology and to always be aware of market expectations.
The close relationships between the associations, organizations and the industry is vital. “From experience – to experience” – both sides profit from the knowledge of the other. The work of many committees provides impressive evidence – they develop and create standards, features and functions. Stimuli from meetings with partners, experts and association members frequently flow into further development of our products.
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology
research and advisory company. We deliver the technology-related
insight necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every
day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government
agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises
and professional services firms, to technology investors, we are the
valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,000 distinct organizations.
Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut,
U.S.A., and has 4,400 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and
consultants, and clients in 85 countries.
Smart Electronic Factory e.V. is a registered association that was founded in
2015 in order to develop industry 4.0-enabled solutions with the focus on the
demands of small and medium-sized enterprises. In the Smart Electronic Factory,
an electronics factory in Limburg a. d. Lahn, Germany, industry 4.0-scenarios and
applications are being developed and tested under real production conditions.
The association consists of different companies as well as university and
non-university institutions. The key objective is to pave the way for companies
towards the fourth industrial revolution.
SmartFactory KL e.V.: Researching, developing, realizing together. The
Technology-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. was founded in 2005 as a non-profit
association. In close cooperation with the German Research Centre for
Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) the SmartFactoryKL has done pioneer work
concerning the integration of innovative information and communications
technologies and their application in a realistic, industrial production
environment and thus brought Industrie 4.0 to reality. Today SmartFactoryKL is
a manufacturer-independent demonstration and research plat- form with more than
45 members and unique in Europe. The SmartFactoryKL has
furthermore opened a “Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern”. Thus,
small and medium sized businesses in Rheineland-Palatinate and Saarland shall
be supported from the idea up to the realization of Industrie 4.0.
The Institute for Modernization of Economic and Employment Structures mainly concentrates on modernizing already exisitng social complexity. Thus, the IMO Institute wants to contribute to a future-oriented development with regard to economy, sociability and ecology. This includes intervening in social complexity on different levels and in different areas, such as economy/job market, media, qualification, sciences, politics and health.
BITKOM is the face of the ICT industry in Germany. As the federal
association we represent businesses in the IT and telecommunications
industry and in new media. We represent the interest of over 2,200
businesses, 1,400 of whom are direct members. They include nearly all
global players as well as 1,000 powerful small and medium-sized
enterprises and numerous founder-managed creative companies. We
offer our members a large network and promote ongoing exchange between
experts and managers. Our members have sales of 140 billion Euros
annually in Germany and export high tech worth 50 billion Euros. This
means that BITKOM represents around 90 percent of the German ICT market.
The OPC Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose members are leading producers and solution providers of factory and process automation as well as providers of business solutions. The objective of the OPC Foundation is the development and distribution of global industry standards for data transfer, which ensure manufacturer-independent interoperability and smooth connection of measurement and automation machines, networks, industry software and production management in discrete manufacturing and the processing industry based on open IT technology. Staff from more than 400 member organization around the world are involved in the development of the specifications.
The VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
- German Engineering Federation) is one of the key association service
providers in Europe and offers the largest engineering industry network in Europe. The VDMA
covers the entire process chain - everything from components and plant
manufacturers, system suppliers and system integrators through to service
providers. We reflect the varied customer-supplier relations all along the
value adding chain, permitting both industry-specific and intra-industry
The 'ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und
Elektronikindustrie e.V.', the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers'
Association, represents the economic, technological and environmental policy
interests of the German electrical and electronics industry on national,
European and international levels. It provides specific information about the
economic, technical and regulatory framework conditions of the electrical
industry in Germany.
The ZVEI promotes the development and use of innovative technologies with
proposals concerning research, technological, environmental protection,
educational and scientific policy. It
supports market-orientated European and international standards-making
The AutomationML initiative is an open, in 2006
founded industrial consortium which became a registered association with
currently about 50 members in 2009. It welcomes all interested company and
research institute. Leading members are, among others, ABB AG, Daimler AG, KUKA
Roboter GmbH, Siemens AG, Volkswagen AG, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH
und BMW AG.
Purposes of AutomationML e.V. are promotion and
further development of AutomationML to standardise data exchange in the
engineering process of production systems. Therefore, AutomationML e.V.
develops and maintains an open, neutral, XML based, and free industry data
representation standard which enables a domain and company crossing transfer of
engineering data. Instead of developing a new data format for that purpose,
already existing formats were used, extended, adapted, and merged in a proper
way. So far, the representation of plant specific data in general and in
special the plant structure, geometry and kinematics, and logic description is
possible. Additional representations for networks, mechatronical systems, and
others are in progress. Hence, AutomationML is the most comprehensive data
format of plant engineering. It is already used in the field and is also
available in several products. Within IEC 62714 all parts of AutomationML are
going to be standardised internationally.
Since 1957, IPC — Association Connecting
Electronics Industries® has been guiding the electronic interconnection
industry through its dramatic changes. A global trade association dedicated to
the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 3,700 member
companies, IPC represents all facets of the industry including design, printed
board manufacturing, and electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven
organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market
research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of
an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry.
Competence Site is a project of NetSkill AG and is one of the leading
competence networks in questions of management, IT and law. The ideal of
NetSkill considers competence management (in the style of the
Delphi-Group, Prof. Probst et al.) to be the ability to promote the
constant creation of ideas, products and services through systematic and
technology-supported combinations of action-oriented content, experts