User organization "Industrial Digital Twin Association" founded
The development of the Industrie 4.0 initiative has taken an interesting turn: at first it was an initiative of industry, science, and research. Then the most important industry associations were added and formed the Industrie 4.0 platform, which finally came under the auspices of the German government. Now two associations and 20 members, including another association, are once again becoming independent to drive forward further development. This probably did not really work under the government umbrella.
According to a joint press release, VDMA and ZVEI founded the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA) as a user organization for Industrie 4.0 on September 23 together with Bitkom and 20 companies from the mechanical and electrical engineering industries. According to the association, the aim is "to bring together the parallel development strands towards the industrial digital twin and to develop it as an open source solution together with the member companies”.
The digital twin is described as the core technology for Industrie 4.0. In Industrie 4.0 applications, it serves as an interface between the digital world and physical industrial products. The IDTA sees potential for new business models for small and medium-sized factory equipment manufacturers, but also for large end users such as those in the automotive and process industries.
Chairman is Dr. Matthias Bölke from Schneider Electric, Vice Chairman is Dr. Horst Heinol-Heikkinen, owner of Asentics, a provider of image processing solutions. Hartmut Rauen, Deputy General Manager of the VDMA, says that the excellence of German and European industry in developing industrial products gives them worldwide recognition. "Now is the time to shape the digital ecosystem around these products worldwide with the same high quality standards".
Gunther Koschnick (photo ZVEI), ZVEI's Director of Automation, adds: "We are facing the unique opportunity to shape digital value creation in industry for the coming decades by bringing the mechanical and electrical engineering industries together”.
The founding members include ABB, Asentics, Bitkom, Bosch, Bosch Rexroth, Danfoss, Endress+Hauser, Festo, Homag, KUKA, Lenze, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, SAP, Schneider Electric, Schunk, Siemens, Trumpf, Turck, Volkswagen and Wittenstein.