Knowledge in the form of important data will be linked with products and machines in the future. The availability of all information in real time already represents high value today. Networking all of the entities that participate in adding value opens up additional potential, as does the capability of deriving the optimal ow of value from data. Fabrication processes and transport of the goods are merged through networking in the Internet of Things, while services and data are automatically matched in real time to client preferences or to adaptable production requirements. Refined software solutions, intelligent sensors, as well as measurement and test systems contribute to quality assurance as well as to process and logistics optimization. The fabrication industry is still the backbone of business, particularly in Germany, which is why new paradigms must first be proven – not only regarding their effectiveness, but also their dependability. For this reason, norms and standards are required that assure protection of shared data and a high fail-safe level.