In this brochure we answer the question “What is ECLASS?” and offer five compelling reasons why you should use the standard. We introduce the various applications in procurement, production, process optimization and controlling and explain what benefits the ECLASS standard brings to digital transformation and industry 4.0.

Language: EN / DE / FR / CN
Published: 2018



Drawing on practical use cases from Lufthansa, Soennecken, DELTA-V, SIEMENS, AVL List, BBG Bundesbeschaffung, AT&S, mercateo, B.Braun Melsungen, PhoenixContact and Nolte, we show how ECLASS standards are used in each firm and the added value it yields.

Language: EN / DE
Published: 2019



Plattform Industrie 4.0 recommends ECLASS as the preferred dictionary of standardized semantic to create meaningful Asset Administration Shells or Digital Twins. The AAS has standardized the structure and ECLASS has standardized the semantics for information elements, which should be used for the definition of digital twins. The structure of the AAS and the ECLASS dictionary complement each other in a perfect manner to achieve this objective.

The objective of this whitepaper is to work out which structures of ECLASS can be used to define the semantics of structures of the AAS. This whitepaper therefore explores element by element how each element of the AAS can be semantically described within the means of the ECLASS Conceptual Data Model.

Language: EN 
Published: 2021

White paper of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and ECLASS „Modelling the Semantics of Data of an Asset Administration Shell with Elements of ECLASS”




To master digitalization of industry the comprehensive availability of information is a key requirement. This is why concepts like the asset administration shell (AAS) and digital twins (DT) have been created.
Within this Whitepaper an approach is introduced to realize a decentralized registry for services offered around I4.0 components. How this decentralized registry is applied in practice is explained using five practice-relevant use cases which span the whole lifecycle of the asset.

Language: EN 
Published: 2020

ECLASS-Whitepaper "Distributed Ledger-based Infrastructure for Industrial Digital Twins"




Because the ECLASS standard can accommodate a vast number of technical properties, it marks an ideal first step in targeting digital twins.  This brochure is intended to offer guidance in explaining how using ECLASS can foster smart manufacturing.

Language: EN / DE / CN
Published: 2018

ECLASS white paper "Toward smart manufacturing with data and semantics"



The most important facts at a glance

Language: DE / EN / FR / CN
Published: 2020
Editor: ECLASS e.V.

ECLASS Fact Sheet


In which areas do companies use the ECLASS standard ? For which purposes ? And where do companies save through the use of ECLASS ?

The results and figures from the ECLASS customer survey 2018 have been summarized by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Consult GmbH in a paper entitled 'ECLASS - Benefits, goals and uses'.

Language: EN / DE / JP
Published: 2019
Editor: IW Consult GmbH

IW Consult Paper "ECLASS – Benefits, goals and uses"



The results of the IW Consult study "ECLASS Influencer Net – the network of ECLASS users" have been summarized by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Consult GmbH in a paper entitled 'ECLASS users in Germany: highly innovative, technologyoriented and optimally networked'.

Language: EN / DE
Published: 2019
Editor: IW Consult GmbH

IW Consult Paper "ECLASS users in Germany: highly innovative, technologyoriented and optimally networked"



Through an ad hoc working group at the German Electrical and Electric Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), various drive technology manufacturers, representatives from the mechanical engineering branch, and classification and standardization experts have joined forces with academic research to advance the realization of drive 4.0. 

An informational brochure published by the ZVEI outlines the group's initial findings and explains the use of electric drive technology as industry 4.0 components.

Language: DE
Published: 2018
Editor: Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V. (ZVEI)

ZVEI brochure "Antrieb 4.0 - Vision wird Realität"


Whitepaper Automation ML and ECLASS Integration

Technical documentation

Language: EN
Published: 2021
Editor: Automation ML

Whitepaper Automation ML and ECLASS integration


IW Consult Spotlightpaper 2017

Language: DE
Published: 2018
Editor: IW Consult GmbH


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