If you want to hold your own in the dynamic world markets, you have to be flexible in every respect – smaller batches, more specialized products, faster cycles and, in the end, the quality must still be right. Digital networking of value chains makes this possible. Reacting quickly and flexibly means reducing the complexity of production and this is best done with modular systems, which is a global trend. Retrospectively modularizing plants is one of the great challenges of today’s process technology. In addition, high demands are placed on automation technology so that the process can be used immediately in the sense of plug and produce. The topic “Flexible Production” sheds light on the current status of Industry 4.0 and shows where the journey is heading.