Online Courses Industrial IoT & Connectivity

With the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0, the next industrial revolution and the next step in productivity increase are not far. Connectivity and digital twins are at the heart of this wave. We describe underlying methods and concepts like the asset administration shell, digital factory and RAMI 4.0, teach protocols and technologies like IO-Link, OPC UA, and MQTT, and introduce common use cases such as condition monitoring or asset management.

These courses were produced with companies and institutions such as the VDMA, Fraunhofer, Pepperl+Fuchs, and HARTING, and features interviews with experts including Benedikt Rauscher, Prof. Stefan Berlik.

Dr. Armin Walter

Managing Director, Lenze Engineering GmbH & Co KG

Florian Pethig

Group Leader Big Data Platforms, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA

  • 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. 0.5h

    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. 1h

    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. 2h

    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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Dr. Gunnar Schönhoff

Gunnar has a PhD in physics and manages various customer projects, particularly in the automotive and automation sector. He focuses on industrial IoT, connectivity, and digital twins. Before joining U4I, the doctor of physics worked in university research, including 2D materials.

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