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Industrial Internet

Industrial Internet will fundamentally change the engineering process by digitization, interdisciplinarity, integration and collaboration. A new and modern methodology for development and design is needed to transfer processes and IT-Tools of all disciplines to a holistic approach. Therefore, System Lifecycle Management is established as next stage of PLM and considered a key concept for detailed definition of Industrial Internet.


By smart improvement of products, the fourth industrial (r)evolution leads to networked, communicating systems in form of complex product systems and related services. Besides worldwide connection of development, production and sales, especially the range of functions and consequently complexity of future product systems will rapidly increase. Nowadays technical products are already increasingly multidisciplinary systems developed by multiple classical engineering disciplines. Virtualisation, integration and interdisciplinary between the domains of mechanics, electric/electronics, software and services, as well as collaboration between the different stages of the product lifecycle, are the basis of the modern product development process. Increasing integration of information- and communication technologies in the development process and in the product systems themselves cause a paradigm shift. This is addressed by the current megatrend ‘Industrial Internet’ (which is understood as the sum of ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Internet of Things and Services’) and the closely related efforts regarding new development methodologies (Smart Engineering) as well as connected processes and IT toolchains (System Lifecycle Management).

The propagated (r)evolution is realized by development, production and commercialization of innovative, completely networked product systems, production systems and services on basis of new internet-based technologies - according to the quintessence of Industrial Internet.


By tightly focusing on production automation, activities regarding the German ‘Industrie 4.0‘ don’t initialize further potential which exceeds the domain of production. However, ‘Industrie 4.0‘ currently only supports fields in which Germany is strong and acknowledged worldwide anyway. Additionally, new high-tech markets should be made accessible. Therefore, the American approach of Industrial Internet covers the spectrum of possibilities more sufficiently than the restricted German term of ‘Industrie 4.0’. Introduction of Industrial Internet across the lifecycle of capital equipment requires from enterprises in general, especially from small und middle-sized companies, a systematic and company-specific transformation process, which performs the necessary changes (e.g. in regard to technologies, economics, competences, resource conservation and work organization). Therefore, the realization of specific aspects of Industrial Internet needs to consider the entire lifecycle of product systems, i.e. interdisciplinary and integrated development, manufacturing and assembly as well as services/aftersales.


Complexity within product lifecycle management (PLM) strategies has currently reached a very high level and the upcoming rise in complexity of modern product systems and their development will even speed up in the future. To control such complexity and ensure fulfilling of new requirements, traceability must be possible at any given time and across the whole lifecycle and process chain. Currently traceability in common PLM solutions is restricted to the linkage of product requirements and the relevant elements of the bill of materials (E-BOM) in product data management (PDM) systems. ‘System Lifecyle Management’ (SysLM), a term increasingly well-known national as well as international, is also expanded by VPE as next stage of PLM and considered as key concept for transparent description of complex, smart product systems in context of Industrial Internet.


In the context of Industrial Internet, the institute VPE considerably participates to the following initiatives: 'Center for Human Factors (CHF)' in Kaiserslautern, 'Center for Smart Systems Engineering (cSSE)' of the TU Kaiserslautern and the interdisciplinary 'Bundeskompetenzzentrum IND 4.0KL' for Industrie 4.0 in Kaiserslautern together with the SmartFactoryKL e.V. and different partners.


  • Eigner, M.; Muggeo, C.; Apostolov, H.; Schäfer, P.*: "Kern des System Lifecycle Management - im Kontext von Industrial Internet mit Industrie 4.0 und Internet der Dinge und Dienste", in: "ZWF Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb", Jhrg. 111, HeftNr. 1-2, Carl Hanser Verlag, München 2016, S. 63-68. - ISSN: 0947-0085.
  • Eigner, M.*:"Industrie 4.0 - nur Produktionsautomatisierung oder doch mehr?", in: Konstruktion - Zeitschrift für Produktentwicklung und Ingenieur-Werkstoffe, Jhrg. 2015, HeftNr. 6, S. 3. - ISSN: 0720-5953.
  • Eigner, M.; Faißt, K.-G.; Apostolov, H.; Schäfer, P.*: "Kurzer Begriff und Nutzen des System Lifecycle Management - im Kontext von Industrial Internet mit Industrie 4.0 und Internet der Dinge und Dienste", in: "ZWF Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb", Jhrg. 110, HeftNr. 7-8, Carl Hanser Verlag, München 2015, S. 475-478. - ISSN: 0947-0085.

* = korrespondierender Autor. A = Artikel. V = Vortrag.

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Industrial Internet
Megatrend im Kontext von
Industrie 4.0 und Internet der Dinge und Dienste [pdf]


Professor Dr.-Ing.
Martin Eigner 
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