Everything you need to know about the Open Industry Alliance 4.0

Members, Goals, Projects Everything you need to know about the Open Industry Alliance 4.0

By Kipar Sandro

The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance has grown steadily since 2019. But what are the alliance’s goals and who are the members? This review tells you everything you need to know about Allianz.

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The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance wants to create interoperable solutions for digitalization in the industry with its members.

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The Alliance was founded in April 2019 at the Hanover Fair, headquartered in Reinach (Switzerland). Founding members include Beckhoff, Endress + Hauser, Hilscher, Ifm, Kuka, Multivac and SAP.


Alliance Open Industry 4.0 wants to develop manufacturer-independent solutions and services Industry 4.0 for manufacturing plants and automated warehouses with its members. He sees himself as an implementation alliance: Working groups develop use cases based on the reference architecture and implement them. These solutions are then shared with the community. The technology base of the Alliance Open Industry 4.0 is an open architecture based on RAMI 4.0, which is based on the four building blocks Device Connectivity, Edge, Operator Cloud and Cloud Central, as well as a corresponding range of services. One of the most important features of the architecture is the automatic insertion of assets through the four layers of architecture using standard open interfaces based on the Asset Management Shell (AAS).


In addition to various working groups and their implementation projects, the Danish University of Aalborg has successfully tested the open architecture of the Open Industry Alliance 4.0. The researchers demonstrated that simple networking from the store floor to the cloud is possible with the reference architecture. In its concept test, the university team connected a robot from Kuka to a Microsoft Azure cloud from the Lego Group via an end-user interface by Munich-based IoT Device Insight specialist. According to Allianz, there are currently 17 other pilot projects in which Allianz is involved.

Management team

In addition to CEO Nils Herzberg, Ekrem Yigitdöl has been part of the management team since October 2021. He is the Managing Director. In February 2022, Ricardo Dunkel will join as Technical Director. It undertakes the further technical development of the reference architecture.


In principle, Allianz is open to any company. According to her statements, there are currently 92 members. They include:

beech IR SZ
adamos Ifm Electronics Salt solutions
AIM Agile IT Management Industrial Informatics Samson
Arbourg information software SAP
AS Schneider Group IT4BI Shiva
Aucotec Janztec Schmid Engineering
Awinia Kaeser compressors sick
Balluff komaks Siemens-operated
Beckhoff Automation Kuebler Group SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partners
Beijer Electronics Kuka soffico
Bizerba Lae Engineering Software Inc
Burkert Mender.io Stemys
shrub services Microsoft SVA System Sales Alexander
Captron Electronics M&M software team viewer
Experts MPDV Trebing + Himstedt
kedalo Multivac Trump card
Correct Murrelectronics Pulsi TZ
Cybus Novatec Grupi Uhlmann
Diva E NRX Asset Center ureason
DSC Software AG NTT data Vega Grieshaber
dark engines optimum Voith
Dynabase Technologies Pepperl + Fuchs Wago
Emerson Contacts Phoenix weaver
Endress + Hauser OPC process Weidmuller
Festo QSC Wika
Forcam Round solutions wobe system
Gallarus Industry Solutions Yokogawa
Gebhardt Zebra Technologies
German Edge Cloud 3D signals
GFT technologies 3 Plus Plus
Harro Hoefliger
Hilscher Society for System Automation

Allianz has also announced that it intends to work closely with the Digital Twin eV Industrial Association (IDTA). There is also a collaboration with Packaging Valley, which was concluded in September 2021. Packaging Valley Germany e. V. includes several manufacturers of packaging systems, packaging machinery, software providers, automation solutions and more.

This article comes from our Thing Industry partner portal.

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