Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences

Industry 4.0 quick check

Development of a discussion guide on the topic of Industry 4.0 for consultants of RKW-BW


As part of the research project "Schnellcheck Industrie 4.0" (quick check Industry 4.0), the ILIN is developing a guideline that enables management consultants to record and analyze a company's Industry 4.0 readiness in a structured manner

Central results and main findings

In order to develop a suitable methodology for a practicable quick check, existing readiness and quick checks on Industrie 4.0 are systematically evaluated and compared. Furthermore, the ILIN conducts several expert interviews in some pioneer companies in Baden-Württemberg with regard to topics of Industrie 4.0 in order to obtain a well-founded overview of relevant topics and strategies of the companies. This is followed by the design and development of a web-based tool that uses 22 questions to record a company's Industrie 4.0 readiness in a structured manner and then graphically processes important findings.

The survey is divided into four relevant topics:

  • Digitization strategy
  • Smart Factory
  • Smart Products & Services
  • Employees & competencies

The questions address, among other things, the (data) security, networking, digitization technologies, IT systems, digitization of products and services or the assessment of future employee needs. The usability is tailored to the use of consultants at the company on site (without Internet connection).

The answers can be exported together with the graphical analyses as a PDF document so that immediate feedback can be given to the company under investigation. The Industrie 4.0 quick check is now already being used successfully by several consultants at various companies in real-life operations.

Project duration

  • December 2015 to April 2016

Funding by

  • RKW-BW


  • Prof. Dr. Steffen Kinkel
  • Tobias Kopp



Prof. Dr. Steffen Kinkel

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2915
Fax: +49 (0)721 925-2965
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Geb. E, Raum 105
Moltkestraße 30
76133 Karlsruhe


Tobias Kopp, M.Sc., M.Sc.

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2913
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Raum TPF-3F09
Wilhelm-Schickard-Straße 9
76131 Karlsruhe