Plattform Industrie 4.0 and CESMII partner to drive digital transformation

April 15, 2021
The German organization and the US institute say they will be working together to shape the future of manufacturing

Plattform Industrie 4.0 and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute have announced that they are working together to drive the digital transformation of manufacturing with the goal of promoting interoperability and a shared set of skills and competencies. At Hannover Messe 2021 they present the first results of their cooperation.

With Germany and the United States among the top five manufacturing countries in the world, the two countries’ manufacturers share an interconnected network of facilities and suppliers, including many small and medium-sized enterprises. Germany's Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the United States' CESMII are announcing their partnership to address similar challenges and needs related to smart manufacturing. According to both companies, for manufacturing economies to compete, they need international collaboration to achieve major tasks like semantic interoperability, create data sharing platforms, develop workforce skills and foster sustainable production.

Platform Industrie 4.0 promotes the development of Industrie 4.0 in Germany by developing pre-competitive concepts, recommendations and use cases for practical application.

CESMII promotes Smart Manufacturing in the US by supporting precompetitive research and development, providing tools and test bed for new technology as public-private partnerships, and creating content for educating a next generation of smart manufacturers.

Plattform Industrie 4.0 says it is honored that CESMII accepted the invitation to their panel Shaping digital ecosystems globally at the Hannover Messe on Wednesday April 14, which was live streamed on the Intelligent Production Channel. At Plattform Industrie 4.0’s digital booth, a video demonstrator on interoperability will be shown (via LNI 4.0) and a joint position paper discussing upskilling and ecological sustainability will be published.

"Both sides have invested significant time to understand each other’s approaches and national context," said John Dyck, CEO of CESMII. "We have now reached a point where we can start defining concrete activities. It is important to us that our efforts also respond to the needs of small and medium-sized companies, especially to recover from Covid-19 and to create new jobs in the future. Plattform Industrie 4.0 and CESMII also see great potential in the digital transformation of manufacturing to enhance ecological sustainability as we point out in our joint position paper."