Manufacturing industry in Germany has realised that the fourth industrial revolution cannot be accomplished simply through the implementation of individual, isolated prototypes – a systematic transformation programme is required, focusing on clear financial value added. Since the publication of the acatech STUDY in 2017, the acatech Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index has proven its worth as a tool offering practical guidance on how to achieve a structured, integrated digital transformation in companies.
The practical examples in this companion publication show how the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index has been used to add value in a variety of different businesses, from automotive suppliers to chemical companies. A roadmap that prioritises and structures a company’s digitalisation measures can help to prevent common mistakes such as fragile information system integration or inadequate employee involvement. This approach benefits companies by enabling a systematic and cost-effective transformation into an agile, learning organisation.