Cyber-physical systems of small and medium-sized enterprises for small and medium-sized enterprises


Motivation and approach

The move to Industry 4.0 is particularly important for manufacturing SMEs to maintain their competitiveness and innovation and compete globally. Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are essential technology components for implementing Industry 4.0. However, SMEs in particular find it difficult to translate the abstract term "cyber-physical systems" as a solution component to their operational problems.

Research goal

The cyberKMU² project is developing an online platform that helps manufacturing SMEs to identify cyber-physical systems, thereby eliminating production vulnerabilities and making them more efficient. For this purpose, an analysis of the requirements of the user companies in the consortium to CPS and an analysis of the Cyber ​​Physical Systems on the market will be conducted. On this basis, an evaluation model is developed, which evaluates the investment in different CPS taking into account a utility analysis and a monetary analysis. Based on this, an online platform will be developed to help end-user companies find solutions and offer solutions to vendors. The platform will use filtering algorithms developed in the consortium to filter out the best possible solution for the requirements of the user. This makes it easy to identify providers with solutions to the problems of user companies. To ensure the quality of the evaluation method, the recommended solutions are implemented and validated on the basis of concrete demonstrators in the user companies.

Research and project partner

  • FIR e.V. of RWTH Aachen
  • WZL of RWTH Aachen
  • PEM of RWTH Aachen
  • Pfreundt GmbH, Südlohn
  • Peter Mies GmbH, Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • ZENIT GmbH, Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • StreetScooter GmbH, Aachen

This project is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


01.07.2016 – 30.06.2019

Project number

IT-1-1-009d / EFRE-0800460

Project sponsor

Projektträger Jülich (PtJ) | Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH



Max Busch