The following six key dimensions of Industry 4.0 are the foundation for the Readiness model:
These six dimensions are used to develop a six-level model for measuring Industry 4.0 readiness. Each of the six readiness levels (0 to 5) includes minimum requirements that must be met in order to complete the level.
Level 0 is the outsiders – those companies that have done nothing or very little to plan or implement Industry 4.0 activities. Level 5 describes the top performers – those companies that have successfully implemented all Industry 4.0 activities.
This “Industry 4.0 Readiness” study was commissioned by the IMPULS Foundation of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and conducted by IW Consult (a subsidiary of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research) and the Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen University. VDMA experts and some industry representatives served in an advisory capacity in the development of the study.
The IMPULS Foundation of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) explores fundamental issues of strategic importance to the German engineering industry. The IMPULS Foundation was founded in 1989. Since then, it has commissioned over 90 studies and special projects covering a broad spectrum of topics – from corporate governance and economic policy to technology, innovation, and education.
IW Consult – aligned with a powerful industry association as the consulting arm of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research – provides commissioned research and highly specialized research services for businesses, associations, government ministries, foundations, and public institutions. At the interface between theory and practice, IW Consult develops custom end-to-end solutions to address important economic and social policy issues.
FIR is a non-profit, cross-industry research institution at RWTH Aachen University active in the field of business organization and corporate development. The institute works to systematically develop organizational solutions around business transformation, service management, information management, and production management for the companies of tomorrow and works with industry partners to ensure best-practice implementations.
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich
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