Hilscher is founding member of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

April 2019

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance: An Open Ecosystem for the Digital Transformation of Industrial Manufacturing Plants

  • Founders and members endorse an open ecosystem and commit to using an Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Framework to achieve interoperability
  • The open and interoperable approach provides attractive opportunities for companies of all sizes
  • The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance aims for 80% of the machines in a smart factory to speak the same language

Hannover, Germany — April 2, 2019 — At Hannover Messe 2019, European companies from the mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software industries are driving the foundation of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance with a cooperation agreement. Founding members include Beckhoff, Endress+Hauser Group, Hilscher, ifm, KUKA, MULTIVAC and SAP SE. The alliance is open to all companies; other members include Balluff Group, Gebhardt Fördertechnik, Pepperl+Fuchs, ARVOS GmbH | SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK, SAMSON and WIKA Alexander Wiegand.

Members of the alliance are committed to creating a standardized and open ecosystem for operating highly automated factories and plants, including logistics and services. The alliance is working to avoid proprietary stand-alone solutions to better enable digital transformation in European industry. The companies plan to work with future members to create what is known as an Open Industry 4.0 Framework on the basis of existing standards such as IO-Link, OPC UA and RAMI.


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That’s what Hans-Jürgen Hilscher, Managing Director at Hilscher, says:

"Hilscher has been in the fieldbus market since thirty years just from the beginning and we have passed the days where all the big players came up with their own solutions claiming they are the best and pushing us to get connected to it.

Today I see a similar situation in the Industry 4.0 arena, where we have many different cloud platforms. However, can you connect a device or machine from vendor A over an Edge Gateway from vendor B and is this device manageable with cloud platform of vendor C? If there is a fourth company which writes an App creating real value for the customers. The question is will it run on such a system, which is build up by different vendors? No – I don’t think so.

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance brings all vendors together and not only the vendors also the operators to set up an eco-system, which brings all their things very easily together to get the whole system seamlessly running. Additionally, we establish a common place for all the semantic models of the assets to transform the data from the shop floor into information to generate new business models. This is the basis of a multi-vendor Industry 4.0 scenario, which works.

Hilscher as a supplier of IoT enabling technology and services joins the OI4 Alliance to move forward the vision of Industry 4.0 into reality."


About Hilscher

With over 30 years of experience in industrial communication, Hilscher is an expert in Real-Time Ethernet. With our netX network controller, we developed the first multiprotocol chip that can handle all Real-Time Ethernet systems. Thanks to the netX chip technology and the consistent focus on cloud technologies, Hilscher has created an integrated system solution and is therefore your partner for the Step into Industry 4.0. Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH has existed since 1986 and today employs more than 300 people at 11 locations worldwide. With our philosophy of continuous growth from our own resources, we are a reliable partner for our customers.