The prerequisite for digital products and production in Industry 4.0 is the use of cyber-physical systems, which need a suitable digital database. The necessary information comes essentially from the digital development of systems, also referred to as Digital Engineering. It is a way to integrate the creation of a digital twin of a production system in its development process. With regard to the consistent, continuous usage of the data, the research field is called Digital Engineering and Operation.
The EU needs to establish itself as an industrial location for the future and therefore as a digital pioneer in manufacturing.