Dr. Lukas Biedermann
Co-Founder & CCO, SPARETECH GmbH

Dr. Lukas Biedermann is the managing partner and Chief Collaboration Officer of SPARETECH GmbH in Stuttgart. Before founding SPARETECH in 2018, he worked as a Manager for Porsche Consulting implementing international projects in the automotive and aviation industries. As a Ph.D. specialist in the resilient design of complex supply chain networks, Dr. Biedermann is the author of various scientific publications and a member of several international industry and science associations.

Lecture: "SPARETECH – Industry 4.0 solution for collaborative spare part management"

Prof. Dr. Dominik Enste
Economist, German Economic Institute

Prof. Dr. Dominik Enste is Professor for Behavioral Economics and Business Ethics at the Technical University of Cologne (TH) and Scientist at the IW Cologne. He is also Founder and Managing Director of the IW Academy for Integrity. His main research focuses on human decision making e.g. bounded morality and rationality and its impact and relevance for leadership, change management and society. He published more than 25 books and more than 100 articles and is according to the FAZ Ranking among the 100 most influential economist in Germany.

Lecture: "Why is it so difficult to be a good person – especially in digital times?"

Paulo Ferreira

Paulo Ferreira studied mechanical engineering at the University of Wuppertal. Starting his career in 1992 at SPM GmbH as a constructional engineer, he later became the head of construction and manufacturing at SPM. He started working for D&TS GmbH in 2004 and is the executive director of D&TS.

Mr. Ferreira has 18 years of project and sales experience in the sectors of classification, Master Data Management and spare part management. In addition, he manages the eCl@ss office Portugal and Spain.

Lecture: "Automated Master Data Management: Achieving consistent Master Data creation and classification using the cloud"

Dr. Wilfried Hartmann
Senior Manager, BASF SE

Dr. Wilfried Hartmann is the responsible E&I engineer for several plant complexes including engineering and maintenance, responsible for E&I master data of BASF group, technical governance for Ludwigshafen site, working in several groups of NAMUR, IEC and eCl@ss and is based at the Ludwigshafen site of BASF SE.  

Lecture: "First experiences implementing the eCl@ss workflow" and "New concept for services in eCl@ss"

Silvio Hentschel
Product Manager, Proactis

I already started my career at Proactis, when our company was called Hubwoo in 2012. As Product Manager for catalog management and marketplace solution, my responsibility beside continuously improving and enhancing our products was also to consolidate products of our portfolio which grew steadily due to two mergers. Hubwoo became Perfect Commerce and Perfect Commerce became Proactis.

Lecture: "How eCl@ss drives Improvement of the digital Purchasing Process"

Oliver Hillermeier
Standard Architect IoT / Industry 4., SAP SE


  • Industry 4.0 Platform AG1 and SG2 in ZVEI, Expert Panel DKE, eCl@ss Board and Steering Committee, VDI 2770, IDS

(Previous) employers:

  • ABB (5 years), Strategic Buyer, Sales Engineer
  • SAP (17 years), Product Management, Presales and Standard Architect

Lecture: "Industry 4.0, the role of eCl@ss here and an implementation at SAP"

Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther
Director, German Economic Institute (IW)

Prof. Dr. Michael Huether, born April 24, 1962 in Düsseldorf, studied from 1982 to 1987 economics as well as medieval and modern history at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen. Upon completion of his doctorate in economics, in 1991 he became a member of the scientific staff of the Council of Experts for the Evaluation of Macroeconomic Development. In 1995 he was appointed Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Advisers. In 1999, he joined DekaBank as chief economist and in 2001 additionally as Division Manger economics and communication.

Since August 2001 Prof. Hüther is Honorary Professor at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. In July 2004 he was appointed Director and Member of the Presidium of the German Economic Institute. Since April 2019 Prof. Hüther is Chair of the supervisory board of TÜV Rheinland AG.

In the academic year 2016-17 he was Gerda Henkel Adjunct Professor in the Department of German Studies at Stanford University, CA, USA.

In June 2018 he was appointed as a member of the EU-Commission's Refit Platform, which advises the Commission on the efficient, effective and practical implementation of EU legislation.

Lecture: "Systemic Conflict in Times of Digitization – the German Mittelstand under Pressure"

Gerald Lobermeier
Product Lifecycle Management, Weidmüller GmbH

Gerald Lobermeier is responsible for product management for the digital product at Weidmüller. Mr. Lobermeier has been involved in enterprise information management for over 20 years. In addition, he is active in various standardization committees (eCl@ss, ETIM, ZVEI, IEC) on the topics of classification and standardization.

In addition to new service options, for example based on augmented reality, Mr. Lobermeier evaluates how artificial intelligence and machine learning are used in an industrial context.

Lecture: "Success Factor Digital Twin - where we are at Weidmüller and where we go"

Prof. Dr. Boris Otto
Executive Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Boris Otto (born 1971 in Hamburg) is Managing Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST in Dortmund since January 2017. He also holds the Chair for Industrial Information Management (formerly Audi-Endowed Chair of Supply Net Order Management) at TU Dortmund University, a position he took over in September 2013. After receiving a Dipl.-Ing. oec. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management in Hamburg, Otto obtained his doctorate degree (Dr.-Ing) at the University of Stuttgart under supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, former president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He received his post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) from the School of Management at the University of St. Gallen at the chair of Prof. Dr. Hubert Österle, where he founded and headed the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality.His professional career also comprises various responsibilities at PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP and Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. In addition, Otto was a research fellow at the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. In 2014, he joined Fraunhofer ISST as the head of the Fraunhofer Innovation Center for Logistics and IT (FILIT).

Otto's research focuses on the areas of industrial information management, business and logistics networks as well as methods for the design of digital business solutions.

Lecture: "Data Sovereignty and Interoperability in Business Ecosystems"

Lecture: "Data Sovereignty and Interoperability in Business Ecosystems"

Reinhard Pohn
CEO, Paradine GmbH


Lecture: "One Million Digital Twins – Master data system and management enable Industry 4.0 for Spare Parts"

Rainer Rohr
Director Reliability, Maintenance & Technical Materials Management, BASF SE

Rainer Rohr is an expierenced leader in Consulting (Maintenance, Reliability and Spare Partsmanagement ) and Procurement. Besides working within BASF in Global Roles, he also worked at BASF’s Oil and Gas Business (Wintershall) and at other BASF Sites abroad.  In his current role he looks into the opportunities to improve reliability of BASF Plants around the world. For this Rainer also established a global Spare Parts Management Team, acting local but coming from global master data. How to handle this Master Data efficiently was one of the challenges in his current job.

Lecture: "One Million Digital Twins – Master data system and management enable Industry 4.0 for Spare Parts"

Dr. Dominik Rohrmus
CTO, LNI 4.0 eV

Dr. Dominik Rohrmus works at Siemens, Germany in different functions in the area of manufacturing and production development since 2005. In 2009 he founded the company program sustainable production engineering and rolled several projects company-wide out. Since 2013 he is the head of the research group Manufacturing Systems at Siemens Corporate Technology. The research group is responsible for shop-floor equipment and standardization of the future for Siemens factories worldwide. Since 2016, Dr. Dominik Rohrmus is the managing director of Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V. (LNI 4.0). LNI 4.0 is a non-profit and pre-competitive German association established by a strong alliance of major companies, industry associations, policymakers and researchers. The goal of LNI 4.0 is to support the pioneering work of SMEs in the area of digitalization. Dr. Rohrmus is initiating use cases and testbeds among SMEs and test-centres in the area of Industry 4.0 focusing on regional developments for a wide range of industrial sectors and production.

Lecture: "eCl@ss and SME: use cases, testbeds and standardization"

Dieter Schöneberg
Product Owner Master Data, Lenze Drives

Since   2015   Managing Product master data structures
2000 - 2014    Project management SAP Rollout (Specialist  Product Configuration & Sales)
1996 - 2000    Development of Class systems for electronic Components
1987 - 1996    Implementing the first generation of  several CAD Systems
1978 -  1986   Development of Microcontroller based Solutions
1978                Starting at Lenze

Lecture: "Lenze prepares for Industry 4.0 with Stibo Systems"

Karsten Schulze
Senior Consultant Professional Service, Stibo Systems GmbH

since 2014 with Stibo Systems

2006-2014 working for Berner Group within Product Data and e-Commerce

Lecture: "Lenze prepares for Industry 4.0 with Stibo Systems"

Gerhard Treitinger
Senior Expert and Project Manager, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Gerhard Treitinger, Senior Expert Product Data Management System and Standardization at BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and supporting eCl@ss as Head of Expert Group Home technology, household appliance: For more than 10 years, he is successfully working in this field, especially in the area of  master data, product data management and international standards to apply it to the benefit of the company and industry. For this, it is necessary to work on concepts and realize future solution scenarios on industry level. Gerhard holds a German Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering and is particularly keen to discuss future necessary developments in the area of descriptive product- and service-data to fulfil upcoming requirements by industrial IoTs and digitization of the economy.

Lecture: tba (Accelerated eCl@ss)

  • Partner_ATS
  • Partner_AVL
  • Partner_BBG
  • Partner_Braun
  • Partner_DeltaV
  • Partner_Lufthansa
  • Partner_mercateo
  • Partner_Nolte
  • Partner_Phoenix
  • Partner_Siemens
  • Partner_Soenecken
  • thyssenkrupp
  • yokogawa
  • wscad
  • wago
  • tradeplace
  • traceparts
  • vgkl
  • vdma
  • tesa
  • strabag
  • teleflex
  • storz
  • stibosystems
  • smithsmedical
  • sick
  • sartorius
  • rwe
  • roesberg
  • rwth
  • reyher
  • quintilesMS
  • proficlass
  • puls
  • pirobase
  • pfmmedical
  • pbsNetwork
  • peg
  • paradine
  • pbs
  • nrw
  • nutricia
  • nilfisk
  • medtronic
  • mubea
  • mri
  • medColumbus
  • lenze
  • lappkabel
  • leyboid
  • knauf
  • kaiserAkraft
  • ifm
  • johnsonAjohnson
  • InfraServ
  • ifcc
  • proactis
  • hella
  • hauni
  • hartmann
  • harting
  • han_kolb
  • gfk
  • ghx
  • gc
  • giz
  • fujitsu
  • fresenius
  • escha
  • endressAhauser
  • etim
  • epro
  • euchner
  • ekUnico
  • ekk
  • eaton
  • efis
  • dcc
  • dkfz
  • dAts
  • conrad
  • dahlhausen
  • cook
  • clinicpartner
  • ceced
  • classIng
  • cad
  • bsn
  • berner
  • amedes
  • abb
  • amperesoft
  • agkamed
  • 3m
  • bayardconsulting
  • zuken
  • zoll
  • wulff
  • wuerth
  • vycom
  • weidmueller
  • urgo
  • tedata
  • schneider
  • schaeffler
  • sana
  • prospitalia
  • pepperlfuchs
  • pentair
  • opuscapita
  • pcschematic
  • oebb
  • medline
  • hollister
  • mpdigital
  • itb
  • festo
  • hager
  • eplan
  • evonik
  • emtec
  • distrelec
  • bd
  • BVBG
  • bosch
  • BASF
  • dansac
  • aucotec
  • 4media
  • afim
  • arthrex
  • audi_vw
  • aequitix
  • IOTA Foundation

eCl@ss CONGRESS 2019

18th and 19th September 2019 in Cologne, Germany