Digital Transformation

Digitization through strategy or individual use cases

Digitization is affecting industrial companies to varying degrees. Some start bottom-up with individual use cases, while others develop a top-down cross-company digitization strategy. Fraunhofer IPA starts at both ends, supporting industry with scientifically proven concepts and technologies and assisting with their implementation.

Fraunhofer IPA helps industrial companies

  • find the right digitization strategy,
  • develop suitable use cases and
  • optimally digitize their processes.

Strategy and use cases at Fraunhofer IPA

360° strategy consulting

Fraunhofer IPA develops digitization strategies for and with industrial companies.

Business model development and innovation

What business model will I need in the future to develop new revenue streams and generate growth?

Smart production

Disruptive technologies change global manufacturing systems and open up new competitive advantages. We help you to design your production of tomorrow so that you can meet the needs of your customers efficiently in the long-term.

Process innovation

Fast, flexible and efficient processes in the indirect areas of a company contribute significantly towards sustainable corporate success.

Overview of Industrie 4.0 at Fraunhofer IPA

Industry on Campus

Lacking resources and capacities can be outsourced. Our application centers and test beds provide the necessary experts and infrastructure to develop digitization solutions.

Study: How Supply Chain Management will change by 2040

Virtual conference: experience future manufacturing

Definition and Benefits


Our partner initiatives for medium-sized enterprises

Future Work Lab

What industrial work of the future might look like is tested, simulated, and evaluated in the innovation laboratory for work, people, and technology. Fraunhofer IPA is a research partner.

SME 4.0 Competence Center

Aim: Expert knowledge, demonstration centers, best practice examples, events, as well as networks to support SME’s (in german).

Allianz Industrie 4.0

This is a network initiated and funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics with innovative transfer services for industrial SME’s, in which the Fraunhofer IPA is a partner (in german).

Plattform Industrie 4.0

This provides recommendations for action, information, and application examples to advance the digital transformation of manufacturing in Germany. Fraunhofer IPA is a partner.