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T he RAMI 4.0, Reference Architecture Model In dustrie 4.0 (Industry 4.0), was developed by the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) to support In- dustry 4.0 initiatives, which are gaining broad ac- ceptance throughout the world. Industry 4.0 (also termed Industrie 4.0) is a holistic view of manu- facturing enterprises, started in Germany, with many worldwide cooperative efforts including China, Japan, and India. Industry 4.0 concepts, structure, and methods are being adopted world- wide to modernize manufacturing. Effective manufacturing Throughout the world, there is a recognition that to be competitive, manufacturing needs to mod- ernize. The Industry 4.0 movement in particular continues to accelerate defining the pattern of how all industrial automation can achieve the goal of holistic and adaptive automa- tion system architectures. A driving force behind the development of Industry 4.0 is the realization that pursuing low labor rates is not a winning strategy. Remaining competitive and flexible can only be accomplished by leveraging advanced technologies, centering on automation to enable a successful transition. Germany's Industrie 4.0 initiative has ignited cooperative efforts in China, Japan, and India. Industry 4.0 is interdisciplinary, where the standards applicable in mechanical engineer- ing, electronics, electrical engineering, and communications and information technology need to be combined with the respective tech- nologies needed for their implementation. Discrete and process industries The development of RAMI 4.0 focused on in - dustrial production as the primary area of ap- plication, including discrete manufacturing to process industries. Industry 4.0 concepts are being applied to process industries to achieve a holistic integration of automation, business information, and manufacturing execution function to improve all aspects of production and commerce across process industry value chains for greater efficiency. The "Process Sen- sor 4.0 Roadmap" initiated by NAMUR and VDI/ VDE, in collaboration with several prominent leaders in the industry (including ABB, BASF, Bayer Technology Services, Bilfinger Mainte- nance, Endress+Hauser, Evonik, Festo, Krohne, Lanxess, Siemens, and Fraunhofer ICT), reflects the intent of creating fundamental building blocks to advance process automation system architectures. A number of NAMUR working groups are part of Working Area 2 (WA 2), Auto- mation Systems for Processes and Plants. 30 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2019 WWW.ISA.ORG RAMI 4.0 Reference Architectural Model for Industrie 4.0 Three-dimensional map showing how to approach Industry 4.0 in a structured manner By Bill Lydon

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