Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

PLUG and WORK – Interoperability for Industrie 4.0 based on existing industry standards

If you wish to

  • accelerate the integration of components with your machinery
  • combine machines faster with each other to form production lines
  • reduce start-up times
  • add equipment to your IT environment faster and with fewer errors:

we are the right partner for you! We will support you in fulfilling these tasks efficiently, providing intelligent software solutions based on proven industry standards. In the following sections, we will present the solution components available today.


The approach of a universal interface based on open industry standards actually works – something which IOSB has successfully proved in cooperation with manufacturing enterprises. The universal interface allows

  • the time and costs for starting up machines to be reduced by about 20 %
  • the time and costs for linking equipment and controls to a higher-level manufacturing execution system (MES) to be reduced by about 70 %. In this way, the configuration of monitoring and control systems including the generation of process control images with all the relevant connectivity information can be automated. To this end, IOSB uses CAEX (Computer Aided Engineering Exchange) and/or AutomationML™ and OPC UA, for example.

For several years now, Fraunhofer IOSB has been working on the universal interface for industrial production. Industry is greatly interested, and the technology is ready to be used in Industrie 4.0.

In addition, you will find us as an accredited test environment in the online atlas of the Industrie 4.0 platform.