To determine the degree of maturity, the company is divided into four so-called design fields. These are subdivided into the essential fields of action for the development of an industrial enterprise: resources (primarily employees, machines and plants as well as the factory itself), information systems, culture and organizational structure.
Six maturity levels have been developed which describe the development of an ideal Industrie 4.0 company. The use of discrete stages ensures the manageability of the transformation process, which often extends over several years. The model thus serves both to define realistic stages and to develop a long-term mission statement.