Real-time IT for complex production processes

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The Automation and Digitalization business unit provides a highly focused range of services throughout the entire automation pyramid. This includes solutions for manufacturing companies, system integrators, machine suppliers, automation providers and software vendors delivering production-related IT.

We focus on creating innovative and functional IT solutions for complex manufacturing processes. For many years now, we have been designing, developing and supplying pioneering system solutions for industrial applications, ranging from measurement and control technology to embedded systems and sophisticated production-control and MES systems. Our activities are concentrated in the following fields: Industrie 4.0, IT security in the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), collaborative human-machine systems, digital twins, and customized methods of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) for use in manufacturing, assembly and logistics. 

Our ambition is to provide integrated, secure and service-oriented management of data and information based on open standards. With the SmartFactory OWL and the Karlsruher Forschungsfabrik (Karlsruhe Research Factory), we offer cutting edge development and demonstration environments for SMEs and for major corporations.


  • Edge Computing
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • AutomationML and OPC UA
  • OPC UA über time-sensitive networks (TSN)
  • International Data Spaces / Industrial Data Space (IDS)
  • Industrie 4.0 asset administration shell

Further information about the business unit


»AI competence is not enough on its own«

In the future, manufacturing will be self-organizing. To  achieve this end, each element of the production network – from sensors to secure cloud interfaces – must harmonize perfectly

IOSB publications

The following issues of our science journal visIT deal with topics of this business area:


Blog on Automation and Digitalization

The business unit's weblog regularly provides information on current trends, relevant events and articles worth reading.

Cooperate with us

Companies can cooperate with us within the framework of funded joint projects or commission R&D services directly - and there are other ways to access our know-how.

IT solutions for the factory of the future

In the eight-page brochure, the business unit presents its range of services in compact form.