Leading independent Industry 4.0 summit in Central Europe. By exchanging ideas and experiences in one-on-one and group meetings attending key players develop strategies for smart factories, intelligent supply chains, connected products and digital business models. Inspiring must-attend event for corporate promoters of Industry 4.0.


Industrial IoT/m2m Strategy Dialog Connects CTOs, Heads of Production, R&D, IT Managers, Scientists and Solution Providers to Discuss Ideas and Projects on the Road to Industrial IoT. n a smart factory all kind of people, machines and products communicate with each other. It is intelligentely connected with suppliers delivernig tagged components or carriers offering smart supply chains. The smart factory communicates with customers who bought its smart products with embedded sensors delivering data for product maintenance and improvement.


This communication requires a common IT language. Industrial IoT merges manufacturing, automation, IT and Internet in the smartest ways to make production more efficient and customers more satisfied at the same time. The smart factory is agile, green and ergonomic. The connection between customers and production as well as among one and another machine organises development and value chains of products in a brand new way.
A completely smart factory and holitstic industrial internet of things should be a reality 10 years from now. But already today many projects mark the starting point on the way from semi-automated and automated to the fully digitalised factories. It’s not the big bang but a journey with many small steps. The Industrial IoT/m2m Strategy Dialog wants to accompany this journey and connects CTOs, Heads of production, R&D, IT managers, scientists and solution providers to discuss ideas and upcoming projects on the road to Industrial IoT.

In some industries like passenger cars or kitchen furniture customers ask for indvidualised products which puts manufacturers under cost pressure. Small batch sizes shouldn’t be more expensive than mass production. In cases like these we can already witness the beginnings of Industrial IoT and advanced m2m communication with tagged workpieces communicating with conveying systems and machines which set up autonomously.

A smart factory is based on a complete vertical integration of business processes, manufaturing processes and manufacturing data. Already today manufatcuring execution systems (MES) link machines with ERP. Usual interfaces like OPC, UA, OPC DA or OLE DB connect manufacturing devices to the MES. This is a very good base to plan the next steps.

Remote predictive maintancene in the machinery industry is also a good example for Industrial IoT and m2m communication already in place. Senors deliver data to predict when parts need to be replaced. In a smart factory the spare part will also be produced and shipped autonomously.

Industrial IoT changes how companies collaborate. It changes their products and services. It changes their customer relationships. As always with big changes there will be successful and failing startups and not all established players might still be on top tomorrow. Especially when combined with a disruptive technologies like 3D Printing or Big Data it is true game changer. In any case these technologies will lead to an even tougher competition and future business models for manufacturing companies will need to be even more focused on the specific wishes of individual customers.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Intelligent connection of customer, development, product and supply chain
  • Digital business models and future competition
  • Industry 4.0 as a strategic mega opportunity for Europe
  • Investment and management strategies for the digital transformation
  • Relevance and integration of existing IT systems (like ERP, Automation Systems, MES , CRM, BI/DWH etc.)
  • Disruptive forces in the platform economy
  • Startups: Compete? Cooperate? Found yourself?
  • Paradigm shift from product to service
  • Better hunt than being hunted – how to quickly anticipate and adapt digital trends
  • Big Data, Smart Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Data Integration as a crucial challenge
  • The smart factory in a connected world
  • New manufacturing technologies and the decentralisation trend
  • Intelligent supply chains
  • Connected products (business models, advantages)
  • Customer centricity and batch size 1
  • Efficiency gains along the value chain enabled by IoT and Industry 4.0
  • New financing models in the connected IoT world (also outlook)
  • HR challenge: How to find the right talents?
  • New management approaches (Design Thinking, Agile, Scrum, Holacracy etc.)
  • Blockchain
  • Digital twins
  • Cyber-physical systems / autonomous systems / robotics
  • Intelligent assistants

Dr. Roland Krieg
Fraport AG

Agile - Digital - Innovative? How a Nearly 100 Years Old Company Faces The Challenges

  • Definition, classification and dependencies of the 3 terms
  • Implemented use cases at Fraport
  • The role of a digitalisation strategy
  • Change of corporate culture towards joy of innovation as the new base

Hilmar Gensert
KAMAX Tools & Equipment GmbH & Co. KG

Industry 4.0 Strategy at an Automotive Supplier

  • Why Industry 4.0?
  • Successful transformation into a smart factory at KAMAX
  • Challenges and lessons learned

Eva Schulz-Kamm
Head of Global Government Affairs
Siemens AG

Germany's leading position in the field of Industry 4.0 - what companies and politics need to do now to stay on top

Dr. Paolo Bavaj
Corporate Director
Head of Corporate Venturing
Adhesive Technologies
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

How Large Corporations Get Value Out Of Startups

  • Strategic use of corporate venture capital
  • Why invest in startups?
  • How to create value out of startup technologies
  • Business cases at Henkel

Dr. Frank Schulze
Head of Global Contract Manufacturing
Merck Consumer Health | Global Technical Operations
Merck KG aA

Digital Business Models and Future Competition

Dr. Frank Meyer
Senior Vice President B2C/SME Solutions, E-Mobility & Innovation

Transforming the energy sector: from a central to a connected decentralized energy world

Yahkub Bugday
Service & Project Manager, IT Infrastructure & Operations
Daimler AG

Industry 4.0 Processes in an Automotive Corporation

Katharina Uribe Casillas
Vice President Global Business Development Automotive & Industrial
Kühne + Nagel AG

Automotive Industry 4.0 Needs Logistics 4.0

  • Car manufacturers have been the frontrunners in digitalization and innovation
  • Does automotive logistics need to be fully automized and digitalized?
  • Digital automotive supply chain use cases at K+N

Kai Schmidhuber
Chief Digital Officer
L’Oréal Germany

The Digital Transformation of L’Oréal: Becoming the Beauty-Tech Market Leader

  • Digital transformation ar L’Oréal
  • E-Commerce Strategy
  • Tech spotlights: data science, artificial intelligence, augmented reality

Dr. Gregor Schrott
Vice President Digital Service Innovation
Robert Bosch GmbH

Scaling Traps with AI/IoT Projects and how to Avoid them

  • Theoretically well-planned use cases fail in practice due a lack of data availability
  • The cost of data collection and integration may exceed the benefit
  • Maintenance use case: Nearly a failure, but a success at last
  • AI/ML bases parts recognition
  • Due diligence means to anticipate all possible traps

Dr. Dzianis Lukashevich
Business Solutions Director
Analog Devices

Smart Maintenance in the Industry 4.0 Age

Dr. Thomas Usländer
Head of Information Management and Process Control Technology
Fraunhofer IOSB

Agile Development of Product-Service-Systems in the Context of IIoT Platforms

Jens Kaatze
Senior Vice President – Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation
Covestro AG

"Uberization" in B2B? A Critical Perspective and First Experiences with Platforms in the Chemical Industry

Dr. Philipp Münzel
Digitalization Operations
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

Digital Transformation @ Schaeffler Operations

  • Strategy and organisation of digital transformation
  • Current project portfolio and its implementation
  • Deep dive into selected projects

Dr. Eric Dubuis
Comet Group

Management concepts for more innovation, agility and creativity

Dr. Bruno Duarte Moreira
Global Head of Photonics & Technical Industries
Merck KGaA

Authentication of Goods and Parts in Connected Ecosystems

Dr. Jörg Blechschmidt
Product Owner Digital Foresight
Portfolio Strategy
DB Systel GmbH

Digital Foresight - Methods of Trend Anticipation and Operationalization of the Insights as a Management Task

Thorsten Meier

Air & Performance as a Service - New Business Model for a Compressor Manufacturer

  • How does a 111 years old machine building company approach digitalisation?
  • New line of business: BOGE analytics
  • From product to service: Completely new value-ads for customers
  • Smart maintenance with remote monitoring, AR/smart glasses and predictive care

Attendees List (Excerpt)
Attendees List (Excerpt)


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Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg

Petersberg, 53639 Königswinter/Bonn, Germany

Tel. + 49 (0) 2223 740

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