Industry 4.0 Readiness
Online Self-Check for Businesses

Where does your business stand? Check your readiness for Industry 4.0!

This self-check lets you calculate your very own Industry 4.0 scorecard. Find out where you are already well prepared for Industry 4.0 and where you still have room for improvement.

The Readiness Model is the foundation for a self-assessment and comparison. The Online Self-Check developed for this purpose gives companies the ability to check their own Industry 4.0 readiness.

The readiness measurement model

The following six key dimensions of Industry 4.0 are the foundation for the Readiness model:

These six dimensions are used to develop a six-level model for measuring Industry 4.0 readiness. Each of the six readiness levels (0 to 5) includes minimum requirements that must be met in order to complete the level.

Level 0 is the outsiders – those companies that have done nothing or very little to plan or implement Industry 4.0 activities. Level 5 describes the top performers – those companies that have successfully implemented all Industry 4.0 activities.

Who we are

This “Industry 4.0 Readiness” study was commissioned by the IMPULS Foundation of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and conducted by IW Consult (a subsidiary of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research) and the Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen University. VDMA experts and some industry representatives served in an advisory capacity in the development of the study.

PM SCADA Cyber Security

Innovative in the field of cybersecurity and industrial technologies, Groupe Conseil PM SCADA is proud to partner with VDMA, a German no profit that is a pioneer in the industry 4.0 sector, specializing in the fields of technology and innovation.

PM SCADA Cybersecurity provides companies with the necessary tools that will enable them to make rapid progress in understanding the issues related to Industry 4.0, thus accelerating their implementation of smart factories.

IMPULS Foundation of VDMA

The IMPULS Foundation of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) explores fundamental issues of strategic importance to the German engineering industry. The IMPULS Foundation was founded in 1989. Since then, it has commissioned over 90 studies and special projects covering a broad spectrum of topics – from corporate governance and economic policy to technology, innovation, and education.

Cologne Institut for Economic Research Consult GmbH (IW Consult)

IW Consult – aligned with a powerful industry association as the consulting arm of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research – provides commissioned research and highly specialized research services for businesses, associations, government ministries, foundations, and public institutions. At the interface between theory and practice, IW Consult develops custom end-to-end solutions to address important economic and social policy issues.

Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen

FIR is a non-profit, cross-industry research institution at RWTH Aachen University active in the field of business organization and corporate development. The institute works to systematically develop organizational solutions around business transformation, service management, information management, and production management for the companies of tomorrow and works with industry partners to ensure best-practice implementations.


PM SCADA Cybersécurité

Robert Nastas
CSSA, Senior Manager ITC / OT / Smart Grid AMI, PM SCADA
Téléphone: +1-514-954-8833


Dietmar Goericke
Executive Board / Management of Engineering Research Advisory Board (Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau, FKM)

Cologne Institut for Economic Research Consult GmbH (IW Consult)

Dr. Karl Lichtblau
Managing Director, IW Consult

Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich
Managing Director, FIR at RWTH Aachen University