Mechanization, electrification, automation – autonomization.

The much talked-about fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 for short, is no longer merely a vision of the future; it is within reach and already becoming reality. At Fraunhofer IML‘s Industry 4.0 Lab Center the digital world is about to come to life.

Applying digitalization to your own business model

Technologies now play a bigger role than ever before in future-proofing our companies. As industrial production and business processes undergo a rapid transformation, those who fall behind will not survive in the long term. Many of the enabling technologies behind the Internet of Things are ready for adoption. Now is the time to seize these opportunities and to push on with implementing Industry 4.0.

Intelligent, networked logistics represent a major component of Industry 4.0. Logistics is a discipline that will particularly benefit from current developments and offers huge innovative potential. Many process improvements are already in evidence – and the radical reorganization of business models will follow.

Making Industry 4.0 possible

With its Industry 4.0 Lab Center and a range of individual formats, Fraunhofer IML will guide and assist you in developing your company’s full potential in preparation for Industry 4.0. Our team can provide you with expert advice on innovative solutions for the entire logistics supply chain.

By focusing our advice on your specific needs we will find the optimum format for your situation. We will gladly address your unique requirements in order to develop a tailored solution.



Our enterprise labs at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML provide a facility where companies and scientists can actively work together to put German innovations into practice.


Fraunhofer IML is currently involved in a number of projects to develop Industry 4.0 solutions, bringing us step-by-step closer to the vision of universally integrated networks. These projects illustrate the increasing relevance of digitalization in logistics as Industry 4.0 takes shape.


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