Industrial IoT & Connectivity

With the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution and the next step towards increasing productivity have begun. The focus of this development is on the use of data and connectivity which enables data to be made available and processed. This opens up many new possibilities and advantages for digital manufacturing. Our portfolio of online courses and online learning content on Industrial IoT & Connectivity covers a wide range of topics. First of all, we explain basic methods and concepts such as the asset administration shell, the digital twin and RAMI 4.0. We also show protocols and technologies such as IO-Link, OPC UA and MQTT and present important use cases such as condition monitoring or asset management. Our portfolio of online learning content is the starting point for creating tailor-made training courses for your company and your employees. The content in this area was created with companies and institutions such as VDMA, Fraunhofer, Pepperl + Fuchs, Labs Network Industrie 4.0 and HARTING. You will learn first-hand knowledge from experts such as Benedikt Rauscher, Professor Stefan Berlik and many more.

Our cooperation partners

We offer content that was developed with experts from various companies and institutions in the field of Industrial IoT & Connectivity. Here are some examples of the contributing partners and experts:

Jörg Borowski

Managing Partner, Detecon International GmbH

Dr. Armin Walter

Managing Director,
Lenze Engineering GmbH & Co KG

Falk Schröder

Managing Partner, Chapter Head Network Technology, Detecon International GmbH
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Dr. Jörg Nagel

Managing Director, Neoception GmbH

Florian Pethig

Group Manager Big Data Platforms, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA

We cover the following themes with our portfolio:

  • Industry 4.0 & IIoT
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Virtual engineering
  • Digital twin
  • Digital factory
  • Asset administration shell
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual reality
  • Edge computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Ethernet basics
  • Wireless basics
  • OPC UA
  • MQTT
  • IO-Link
  • RFID
  • 5G
  • The IIoT stack
  • Industrial communication today
  • The automation pyramid
  • Das RAMI 4.0 (Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0)
  • Namur Open Architecture
  • Technical basics for Industry 4.0
  • OPC UA: use cases
  • OPC UA: toolbox
  • OPC UA: migration strategy
  • OPC UA: implementation
  • OPC UA: opportunity for mechanical and plant engineering
  • OPC UA: deterministic real-time support
  • OPC UA and Industry 4.0 standards
  • Security of OPC UA
  • OPC UA and cloud
  • Basics of PLM
  • Product development
  • Engineering release & change management
  • Variant & configuration management
  • Digital Twins in PLM
  • Supplier integration
  • Validation & simulation
  • PLM architectures
  • CAx technologies
  • Economic feasibility
  • Enterprise resource planning, manufacturing execution system & PLM
  • Designing IT landscapes
  • Application lifecycle management & management of software projects
  • System complexity
  • Process analysis, optimization & modelling
  • Advanced systems engineering
  • Process Planning in the Digital Factory
  • Production Planning and the Digital Factory
  • Layout Planning in the Digital Factory
  • Material Flow Analysis in the Digital Factory
  • Basics of communication with MQTT
  • Security of MQTT
  • Setting up MQTT communication in practice
  • Basics of IO-Link
  • The IO-Link technology
  • IO-Link: integration
  • Setting up the IO-Link communication between master and device in practice
  • The 5G technology
  • 5G for Business
  • Time-sensitive networking (TSN)
  • Ethernet APL (Advanced Physical Layer)
  • Auto-ID: introduction
  • Auto-ID: specialization and practical cases
  • Basics of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
  • RFID in industrial applications
  • Introduction to RFID: industrial applications
  • Increase in productivity through data availability
  • The asset administration shell in practice
  • Industry 4.0: examples of implementation
  • New products and services through Industry 4.0
  • Skills as a concept of Industry 4.0
  • Practical example: changeability of plants
  • Practical example: flexibility in production
  • Asset management
  • Edge computing in practice
  • Case example: IIoT for process automation
  • OPC UA in factory automation
  • OPC UA in process automation

Our portfolio is the basis for:

Have a look at some content examples from our offering:

Productivity Increase Through Data Availability | DE/EN | 2 Chapters | approx. 1.5 h

What should you do when you want to get started with the IIoT, but you have a lot of legacy equipment? A retrofit can be the solution. In Productivity Increase Through Data Availability, you can learn how data availability, via asset tracking and Auto-ID, can lead to an increase in productivity.

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RAMI 4.0 – Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0 | EN | 1 Chapter | approx. 0.5 h

Industrie 4.0 and the IIoT need underlying concepts and frameworks. This course introduces an important one, the Reference Architecture model, and also discusses its relation to the asset administration shell and the NAMUR Open Architecture.

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Industrial Communication Today | EN | 1 Chapter | approx. 1 h

Industrial communication provides the ability to transfer data in industrial environments and, thus, is the foundation for a lot of current and future applications. Learn the basics of industrial communication, its relevance in the digital age, and get an overview of important communication technologies.

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OPC UA – From the Basics to the First Practical Use | DE/EN | 4 Chapters | approx. 2 h

OPC UA, the new communication standard and interoperability framework, will play a big role in the future of industrial communication. This includes everything from the cloud server to the field devices. Learn about the basics, practical examples, and implementation steps in OPC UA – From the Basics to the First Practical Use. This course was produced in collaboration with the VDMA and experts from several companies.

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Your contact person for Industrial IoT & Connectivity at University4Industry:

Dr. Gunnar Schönhoff

Gunnar leads various customer projects, particularly in the automotive and automation sectors. In terms of content, he focuses on the topics of industrial IoT, connectivity and digital twin. Gunnar holds a doctorate in physics and worked in university research in the field of 2D materials before joining U4I.