Open Industry 4.0

Let's go Italia!

Open Industry Alliance introduces itself for first time
at the SPS in Parma


- Italy key to market within Alliance’s internationalization strategy

- Help with the implementation of Industry 4.0 projects


The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is introducing itself for the first time at this year’s SPS Italia, in Parma. From May 23 to 25, 2023, the Alliance will inform companies and associations about the cooperation opportunities within the Alliance in the exhibition area District 4.0 in Padiglione (Hall) 7 at booth A038. In addition, 14 members of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance will be represented at Italy’s leading trade fair for digital and software-based automation - including Beckhoff, Bürkert, Dunkermotoren, Endress+Hauser, Festo, Hilscher, IFM, Kübler, Murr Elektronik, Pepperl & Fuchs, SICK, Siemens, WAGO and Weidmüller.

Since its founding in April 2019, the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance has grown to more than 100 member companies and is increasingly establishing itself in European industry as a ‘practitioner and implementation alliance’. With its first trade fair appearance at SPS Italia, the alliance is underlining its international expansion program. After its successful launch in the Netherlands last year, the alliance is now strengthening its European commitment in Denmark, Belgium and Italy.

“As part of our internationalization initiative, Italy is now on the agenda. We are very excited to be present at one of the top industrial locations in the world,” says Dr. Thomas May, Member of the Board of OI4 and of the ifm foundation. “Many of our members are connected to Italian companies or see great potential in the Italian market. Therefore, we are happy to comply with our members' request to establish the OI4 community in Italy.”

The Alliance will be supported by its members at its first appearance in Italy, for example at the booth of ifm (Hall 5 Booth M014), where visitors can see a representation of the cleaning process of the food industry (cleaning in place). In this case, the status and documentation of the associated calibration certificates of the sensors are displayed in the OI4 Asset Administration Shell. “We are very pleased to be able to support the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance on-site at the SPS Italy. As a founding member, we are happy to be available to associations, industry organizations and especially companies at the show to discuss and showcase benefits and customer value. Our network has already grown to more than 100 member companies. The focus of our activities is the practical implementation of cross-company interoperability of systems in the Industry 4.0 environment,” says Dr. Thomas May.

The alliance of practitioners and implementers

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is an association of leading companies in the field of Industry 4.0 and covers numerous industries and disciplines within the world of industry digitization. Members benefit from the ever-growing expertise of other members (both nationally and internationally) and in addition, will find and receive appropriate support within the alliance in finding suitable partners or best-practice examples for their digitization initiatives.

“We see ourselves as a community of practitioners and implementers. We are an ecosystem of market-leading companies committed to creating compatible solutions and services. So we really put Industry 4.0 projects into practice based on existing standards,” says Ekrem Yigitdöl, managing director of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance.


About the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance:

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance acts as a partnership association of leading industrial companies that pragmatically participate in the implementation of cross-vendor industry 4.0 solutions and services for manufacturing plants and automated warehouses. In industry and technology working groups, industry experts develop, use cases, and implement them technically based on the OI4 reference architecture. These solutions, along with implementation guides, are shared within the community and made available outside the Alliance. The Alliance was launched in April 2019. The seat of the association is Reinach, Switzerland.


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