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follows: " Industry 4.0 has arrived in German mechanical and plant
engineering. Companies are taking a leading role, especially as
providers of digitally networked technologies and services ... For
customers around the world, additional added value is being created " .
Gunther Kegel, Chairman of the Board of Pepperl+Fuchs and current
ZVEI President commented as follows in an interview in June 2018:
" However, I do think that ... our pace moving forward is rather slow. The
possibilities are so diverse that we have to choose very consciously for
which of the many promises resources are used, degrees of freedom are
allowed and perhaps something new will be established. It has to be
weighed up what has to be implemented and what not yet, because it still
seems too far away. " The statements show how differently the situation
in mechanical engineering is assessed by the actors themselves. At the
end of 2019, Commerzbank AG attempted a quantitative assessment of
digitalisation in the German mechanical engineering industry: " A
decisive development towards the digital company is the integration of
platform solutions, both at the process and service levels as well as at the

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sales level. In the meantime, three out of four companies in the sector
state that such IIoT platforms are important for them, and almost 30
percent are already using corresponding solutions " . This means that
more than half of the German machine and plant manufacturers had not
yet taken any action on the topic of digitalisation / IIoT. The situation is
similar in other countries with a comparable mechanical engineering
industry.
But what success patterns can be observed among mechanical
engineering customers of the HARTING Technology Group and what
concrete steps can be recommended?
As an OEM for production systems, it is important to identify the most
important players in the field of digitalisation / IIoT in the industry - and
consider their role, capabilities and interests (see also VDI/VDE Status
Report):
* OEMs - providers of individual machine modules or complex
machines / systems - have the know-how to offer machine users the
key functions as the most important differentiating feature in an
economically successful manner, and to expand these functions to
include digital IIoT components and services;
* Suppliers of automation components - suppliers of PLC, CNC,
industrial PC, HMI, drive systems, measurement technology, sensors
etc. - have been mainly producing digital controller-based systems;
these use digital signals and information for the direct control of
machines and processes and can also easily aggregate these further;
* Software providers for production control at the factory/enterprise
level - providers of ERP, MES and similar management software
systems - command an extremely high level of expertise in the control
of business processes and handling of large data volumes; however,
they rarely have direct access to machine- and process-related data;
* Platform providers for new business models - still poorly
represented in the capital goods sector - are well-known names in the
B2C sector, e.g. Amazon & Co. But there is also activity in B2B, as the
growing demand for subscription models ( " Pay per Use " , " Pay per

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