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INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2019 33 AUTOMATION IT model also combines all elements and IT components in the layer and life-cycle model. "Layers" axis The six layers on the vertical axis describe the decompo- sition of a machine into its properties, structured layer by layer, i.e., the virtual mapping of a machine. Such represen- tations originate from information and communication technology, where properties of complex systems are com- monly broken down into layers. Within these three axes, all crucial aspects of Industry 4.0 can be mapped, allowing objects such as machines to be classified according to the model. Highly flexible Indus - try 4.0 concepts can thus be described and implemented using RAMI 4.0. The model allows for step-by-step migra - tion from the present into the world of Industry 4.0. Benefits of RAMI 4.0 The model integrates different user perspectives and pro- vides a common way of seeing Industry 4.0 technologies. With RAMI 4.0, requirements of sectors—from manufacturing au- tomation and mechanical engineering to process engineer- ing—can be addressed in industry associations and stan - dardization committees. Thus, RAMI 4.0 brings a common understanding for standards and use cases. RAMI 4.0 can be regarded as a map of Industry 4.0 solu- tions. It is an orientation for plotting the requirements of sectors together with national and international standards to define and further develop Industry 4.0. There is a refresh - ing interest with Industry 4.0 initiatives for various organiza- tions to work cooperatively and overcome the compartmen- talization of the national standardization bodies. The challenge The influx of technology is starting to dramatically improve manufacturing. However, to do this effectively takes planning, and the RAMI 4.0 model is a focal point for understanding the entire manufacturing and supply chain. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bill Lydon ( is chief editor of InTech. Lydon has been active in manufacturing automation for more than 25 years. In addition to experience at various large companies, he co- founded and was president of a venture-capital-funded industrial automation software company. View the online version at Convert Your Mobile Device into a HART Communicator … with our Advanced HART-based Products C O N N E C T > C O N F I G U R E > D O C U M E N T Complete DD-based HART Communicator for any device - PC, Tablet, Phone. Your choice! Complete DD-based HART Communicator for any operating system - Windows, iOS, Android. Your choice! Full line of registered HART Modems - USB, RS232, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy Your choice! Use your own host device or one of our complete systems. Hazardous area options available. Significant cost savings • Mobile convenience • Satisfaction guaranteed NEW! iOS Version now available! The German ZVEI ( industrial association, founded in 1918, represents the interests of the high-tech sector with a wide portfolio. ZVEI is committed to the common interests of the electrical industry in Germany and internationally. This commitment is supported by about 160 employees in the main office and 5,000 employees from the member companies in an honorary capacity. ZVEI is based in Frankfurt with offices in Berlin and Brussels. Through its EuropeElectro working group, ZVEI also has an office in Beijing. More than 1,600 companies, which employ about 90 percent of the staff of the electrical industry in Germany, have opted for membership in ZVEI. Its members include global, medium-sized, and family-owned compa- nies. The sector has 868,000 employees in Germany, plus more than 736,000 employees all over the world. The basis of the association's work is the exchange of experience and views between the members about current technical, economic, legal, and socio-political topics in the electrical industry. From this exchange, common positions are drawn up, including proposals on research, technology, environmental protection, education, and science policy; ZVEI is a pacemaker of technological progress. It also supports market-related international standardization work. The association works with national business associations and organizations, European industry and trade associations, and in ternational organizations. It is divided into 22 trade associations that comprise all member companies, each operating in the same market segment. In addition, ZVEI maintains nine state offices in Germany that represent the interests of the electrical industry in the country. Since June 2014, Michael Ziesemer, vice chairman of the board of the Endress + Hauser Group, has been president of the ZVEI. Klaus Mittelbach has been the executive director of the ZVEI management since 2008. n

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