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Data Integration Challenges solved by Industry 4.0 Core Information Model

Making Better Decisions with Data-Driven Insights

(2022/05/31) - The objective of Industry 4.0 is to leverage all available data to get the most accurate understanding of how the business went in the past, how it’s going in the present and how it will likely be in the future – driving better decisions at the right time. In other words, it aims to solve business questions with data-driven insights.

Typically, business users address business questions through applications that connect to and process the relevant data. These applications act as an interface between the business users and the insights extracted from the available data and relevant to the business question to solve.


However, currently manufacturing enterprises face significant challenges in acquiring, accessing, integrating, describing, and harmonizing manufacturing data from heterogeneous and isolated data silos before it can be used effectively in manufacturing data processing applications (e.g., for KPI reporting, quality analysis, process optimization or other I4.0 use cases).

Common challenges include:

How to Solve the Problem

The free whitepaper Industry 4.0 Core Information Model, by the Open Manufacturing Platform’s Semantic Data Structuring Work Group, addresses the challenges by presenting a standardized conceptual information model based on the IEC 62264 standard for the manufacturing domain. The Industry 4.0 Core Information Model provides a common and standardized definition of relevant manufacturing entities, their attributes, and relationships, including their semantic meaning. This enables manufacturing enterprises to efficiently integrate data and provide a clear semantic context, thus reducing the time required to generate insights from the data. Furthermore, the I4.0 Core Information Model allows companies to reuse data-processing applications across heterogeneous data sources as the standardized data model acts as an abstraction layer over the heterogeneous data decoupling data sources from data processing applications. The whitepaper also presents four exemplary use cases which benefit a lot from using the Industry 4.0 Core Information Model for standardized description of manufacturing data.

Download the Whitepaper