BOOK PUBLICATION: Industry 4.0 in Practice


With real-life case studies from medium-sized companies and many practical tips - Publisher: Rainer Maria Wagner Topstar GmbH, Langenneufnach, Germany

Pioneering spirit and inventiveness have a long tradition in the Wagner family, owner of the Swabian-Bavarian chair specialist TOPSTAR with its two brands “Topstar” and “Wagner Living”. Prof. Dr. Rainer Maria Wagner has developed a close link between the company’s activities and science based on this tradition. Topstar has been working on scientific research projects for about 15 years. He also teaches Production and Quality Management, in addition to other subjects, as a visiting lecturer at Fresenius University in Munich. Based on one of the first scientific research projects relating to Industry 4.0 (“Steps”,, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF), an exciting anthology was created that also includes two of Topstar's practical contributions - for example, what may be Europe's most state-of-the-art production line for seating furniture, controlled in real-time and supported by freely navigating robotic vehicles.

The anthology "Industrie 4.0 für die Praxis” (Industry 4.0 in Practice) will be published at the end of August, introducing medium-sized companies to the complex and much-discussed topic of "Industry 4.0". In doing so, many usable, scientifically substantiated solutions for practical application will be presented. Based on various research projects, the authors show how to strategically approach the topic of digitalisation in everyday business life in order to obtain individually tailored solutions. The first real experiences of four family-run companies from different sectors show which approaches work best in practice, using five concrete examples. The articles highlight the most important areas of Industry 4.0, such as smart logistics and robotics, big data and employee-relevant topics such as training and further education or e-learning. At the end of each chapter, the central results are concisely summarised as practical tips. The book offers great benefits through well-founded information and practical recommendations for action in every company.

• Strategic Aspects: Industry 4.0 as a “management issue”
• Technical Aspects: Current tools relating to Industry 4.0
• Human Aspects: Industry 4.0 can only work with motivated employees
• Best Practices: A detailed guide for companies changing over to Industry 4.0
• A look into the future of Industry 4.0

Publication date: End of August 2018

Bound Edition
- 37,99 € ISBN 978-3-658-21117-2

- 29,99 € ISBN 978-3-658-21118-9

Publishing House: Springer Gabler

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Verlag Springer Gabler,
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