Open Industry 4.0

Our partners



Partnerships play a crucial role in the success of the Alliance. By working with diverse partners, including technology providers, manufacturers, academic institutions and government agencies, we are able to bring a wide range of expertise and perspectives on IIoT, digitalization, and Industry 4.0.


Among our partners are other associations that are setting the direction of the market, defining & owning standards, and testing them. With that, we jointly ensure the market readiness and secure the lifecycles of Industry 4.0 products & solutions which are applied regionally or globally. 


Thus, through our partnerships, we facilitate and ensure the exchange of knowledge and expertise. Moreover, our partners help us to foster a sense of community and common purpose. We believe that by working together, we can drive the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and practices and create more efficient, responsive and sustainable manufacturing ecosystem.

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Meet Our Partners


IDTA & Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

The Industrial Digital Twin Association e.V. (IDTA) is an alliance for the active shaping of the Digital Twin. As a coordinator around the topic of digital twins, IDTA offers users from all industrial sectors a platform to advance technology development based on the Asset Administration Shell (AAS). The goal is to establish the digital twin as an open source technology for the interoperability of components and to further develop it together with the industry.


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LNI 4.0 & Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V. (LNI 4.0) offers itself as a dialog, competence and experimentation platform, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. LNI 4.0 is a non-profit and pre-competitive association in which companies can test technologies, innovations and use cases around Industrie 4.0 - in an environment without competitive pressure, on neutral ground and with minimal financial and technical risks. LNI 4.0 is a strongly grown network of more than 45 renowned test centers (labs) and about 300 companies throughout Germany, which test Industrie 4.0 innovations in their practical application in more than 120 use cases and five large testbeds on a wide range of topics.


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ECLASS & Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

ECLASS e.V. focuses on the desire of companies to easily collaborate and exchange standardized master data globally. To facilitate this, they use a unique designation for products and services that is understood worldwide by both people and machines. The work of creating and maintaining these categories and interfaces is complex, but supported by stakeholders from various industries. The goal is to make the communication between systems run smoothly so that companies can focus on their core business without worrying about differences in terminology or article numbers.


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OWL Maschinenbau & Open Industry 4.0

For 19 years, OWL Maschinenbau has brought small companies, startups, and large corporations from the mechanical engineering and automation industry in East Westphalia-Lippe together. The goal of OWL Maschinenbau is to ensure the knowledge exchange, pursue current and future topics, and develop innovations to stay ahead in global competition. For that they are creating a sustainable network in the region that is independent, future-oriented, and contains valuable expertise of its members and partners.


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Packaging Valley & Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

Founded in 2007 in Schwäbisch Hall, Packaging Valley Germany e. V. is a packaging industry cluster in the southwest of Germany. It emerged from a merger of the Packaging Valley Germany and Packaging Excellence Region Stuttgart clusters. It networks over 100 companies which include manufacturers of packaging systems and machines, providers of software and automation solutions, manufacturers of components, providers of services related to the packaging industry as well as public institutions. 


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