Joint research project Fluid 4.0

Revolutionizing Fluid Engineering: Implementation of digitalization for fluid power 4.0 in the cross-industry and cross-manufacturer data space using asset administration shells, submodels and demonstrators.

Digitizing Fluid Engineering: Accelerating Innovation, Optimizing Operations

Fluid 4.0 brings together manufacturers and users of fluid engineering components and systems and digitalises the processes necessary for the industry. The goal: intensive knowledge transfer and sustainable establishment of the technologies.

Dr. Steffen Haack

Bosch Rexroth AG

The industry is calling for a cross-sector exchange of information on the product life cycle of fluid technology products and systems in order to speed up development, optimise processes in operation and save resources overall. However, to date there has been a lack of approaches for cross-industry, machine-readable data provision and data exchange. This requires, among other things, a higher-level system instance that builds on the already well-developed infrastructure at component level and links it intelligently. Based on suitable interaction concepts and automated workflows between manufacturers and users as well as in product hierarchies, data-based business models (especially on the topic of sustainability) can be established.

Fluid 4.0 brings fluid technology manufacturers and users together and digitizes the practical use cases for Industry 4.0. Automate processes, simplify workflows and organize data to increase productivity and efficiency and establish sustainability

Empowering Change: Developing Models for System Management

The objectives of Fluid 4.0 are the development of partial models of the administration shells for the system management of the four defined, industry-relevant use cases, their exchange via a cross-industry data space and the development of an interaction concept between the administration shells at various levels. To ensure the sustainable establishment of the technologies and the associated, necessary transfer of knowledge, demonstrators are created in each use case, which are available to a wide audience as open test environments. There we established the following focus tasks:

Development of an interaction concept between asset administration shells from different manufacturers and users

Use of data standards and digitalization technologies (e.g. umati, OPC UA)

Creation of a data space for the cross-industry exchange of information on fluid power products & systems

Demonstrators for the transfer of project results as (open) test environments


Building Blocks of Success: Leveraging Existing Infrastructure

Building on the existing infrastructure for digitising fluid technology components (administration shells, ECLASS models, OPC UA Companion Specifications) and the data spaces known from other industries (Catena-X), specific demonstrators for establishing the administration shell for systems are being developed in this project. This orchestrating, higher-level instance is the centrepiece for implementing the four industry-relevant use cases:

control development of machines

energy monitoring of fluid technology systems

cross-industry CO2 balancing

circular economy

The exchange of information takes place via a data room based on proven Industry 4.0 approaches, which is legally secure, trustworthy and role-based restricted, in order to improve product life-cycle management (PLM) overall.


Strength in Diversity: Partnerships Driving Fluid 4.0 Forward

Industry Partners​
Research Partners​
Associated Partners​
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