Open Industry 4.0

What are Manufacturing-X and Factory-X, and what role do we, as the OI4 Alliance, have there?

Insights from Georg Kube, Global Vice President and Head of Industry Data Ecosystems at SAP & OI4 Board Member 


The manufacturing landscape is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by digitalization efforts that aim to enhance sustainability, resilience, and competitiveness. At the heart of this revolution is the Manufacturing-X initiative, a comprehensive effort to integrate digital technologies across various manufacturing sectors. Georg Kube, Global Vice President and Head of Industry Data Ecosystems at SAP, recently shared his insights on this initiative and the role of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. 


Manufacturing-X & Factory-X 


Manufacturing-X (funded by the European Union) is designed to drive digitalization across the manufacturing industries, addressing the scaling issues that have hindered broader adoption of digital technologies. Successful Proof of Concepts (PoCs) often struggle to expand due to a lack of trust in data sharing. Manufacturing-X aims to overcome this barrier by fostering trust and robust data exchange principles, ensuring that digital solutions can scale effectively and sustainably. 

Factory-X (funded by the European Union) is one of the initiatives under Manufacturing-X. Building on the horizontal processes from Catena-X in the automotive industry, Factory-X integrates vertical shopfloor aspects crucial for industrial manufacturers. It's an essential step towards achieving seamless, end-to-end digitalization. 


The Role of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance 


The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance (OI4 Alliance) plays 2 roles in the success of Factory-X initiative: 


Consortial Partner: From the beginning, OI4 is involved in defining the deliverables, content, use cases, and outcomes for Factory-X. This collaboration ensures that the initiatives are well-aligned with industry needs and goals.


Multiplicator: As the software artifacts and solutions developed under Factory-X and Manufacturing-X become available, the OI4 Implementation GmbH supports companies in adopting and utilizing these innovations. This assistance ensures that businesses can effectively implement new technologies, enhancing their operational capabilities and competitiveness.


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