Industrie 4.0 – collaborations and projects

Industrie 4.0 – collaborations and projects

Phoenix Contact is playing an important role in tackling the challenges of digitalization.

Phoenix Contact is actively involved in collaborations and research projects on the topic of Industrie 4.0. We can therefore show you what Industrie 4.0 means in practice. It is undeniable that the digitalization of production already offers many advantages.

Smart Engineering and Production: Cooperation for engineering, automation technology, and system technology

Smart Engineering and Production: Cooperation for engineering, automation technology, and system technology  

Smart Engineering and Production 4.0

Take a holistic approach to your processes in control cabinet manufacturing. With Eplan, Rittal, and Phoenix Contact by your side, you have three strong partners who will work with you to achieve this.  

Benefit from a collaboration that offers exceptional added value for consistent digitalization in controller and switchgear manufacturing. All aspects are optimally coordinated, enabling us to provide you with smart solutions from electrical engineering all the way to digitally-supported automated production.  

Plattform Industrie 4.0

Plattform Industrie 4.0 logo

The joint project by the German trade associations BITKOM, VDMA, and ZVEI is implementing the German Federal Government's future project, Industrie 4.0.

In the meantime, 80 different organizations and more than 7000 companies have now become part of one of the largest international networks.

It's OWL – Intelligent Technical Systems Ostwestfalen Lippe

Its OWL logo

In the technology network, global market and technology leaders from machine building, the electrical and electronics industry, and the automotive supply industry are working together with regional research facilities to develop specific projects.

“Schaufenster Route OWL 4.0” initiative – Designing our TOMORROW

“Schaufenster Route OWL 4.0” initiative  

“Schaufenster Route OWL 4.0” initiative

Industrie 4.0 activities in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) region of Germany are being showcased in special exhibitions as part of the “Schaufenster 4.0” (“windows into tomorrow”) initiative.

Together they map out a route through the entire OWL region, providing examples of successful digitalization projects, such as the individual production of signal conditioners in a batch size of one at Phoenix Contact.




The CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT) center for research and development is the world's first Science-to-Business Center for industrial automation.

Housed under one roof, over 350 experts from companies and institutes are working on and researching the use of information and communication technologies in technical systems. In joint research projects conducted in the CIIT as part of applied basic research, technologies are being developed for the factory of the future. The CIIT is therefore both a production facility and a hub for exchanging ideas regarding all aspects of IT-based automation technology in the technological age.

SmartFactoryOWL – the factory of the future

SmartFactoryOWL – the factory of the future  

SmartFactoryOWL – the factory of the future

The Smart Factory initiative of the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA (Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation focusing on Industrial Automation) and the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences provides the platform for showcasing application-oriented research into intelligent automation.

Using practical examples, it illustrates the advantages of digitalization in real IT and production environments.

SmartFactory KL technology initiative

SmartFactory KL / C. Arnoldi  

SmartFactory KL

The smart factory of tomorrow built in Kaiserslautern has a fully modular structure.

With standardized interfaces and modern information technology, it enables highly flexible, automated production in line with the Plug and Produce approach, thereby putting the concept of Industrie 4.0 into practice.

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