VDMA and ZVEI have founded the "Industrial Digital Twin Association" (IDTA) as a user organization for Industrie 4.0 together with Bitkom and 20 companies from the mechanical and electrical engineering industries. The aim of the association is to bring together parallel development strands, to transfer the core technology from the concept phase to the practical phase for clear demonstration of its benefits, and to internationalize it.
The Asset Administration Shell (AAS), which was co-developed by the ZVEI, is the core technology of the association. As a digital twin, it serves in Industrie 4.0 applications as an interface between the physical industrial products and the digital world. This enables the continuous data availability to be mapped along the entire life cycle from product planning and development, production and commissioning to use and recycling. This is associated with potential for new business models for small and medium-sized factory equipment manufacturers as well as for large end users, for example in the automotive and process industries.
Besides the VDMA and ZVEI, the founding members are ABB, Asentics, Bitkom, Bosch, Bosch Rexroth, Danfoss, Endress Hauser, Festo, Homag, KUKA, Lenze, Pepperl Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, SAP, Schneider Electric, Schunk, Siemens, Trumpf, Turck, Volkswagen and Wittenstein.
We are looking forward to welcoming more members for the joint creation of digital production.