A strong spirit of innovation has always been part of KEB Automation’s DNA. In light of this, research and development plays a very important role at KEB. Qualified colleagues work continuously on new products and solutions or on further developing the existing product range. This ensures technological progress so that the ever-evolving requirements in plant and mechanical engineering can continue to be met in the future. We constantly maintain our high quality standards, as numerous certifications of our products prove. Based in the innovative region of East Westphalia-Lippe, KEB is one of the core companies in the “it’s OWL” leading-edge cluster. We also have many other partnerships and memberships. This page provides you with an overview.


AEF Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation

The AEF is an independent organisation that was founded in 2008 by seven international agricultural machinery manufacturers and two associations. Its objectives include improving the cross-manufacturer compatibility of electronic and electric components in agricultural equipment, and ensuring transparency on matters of compatibility. Introducing international electronic standards is a further cornerstone of the organisation’s collaborative work. 

Find out more about AEF – Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation

CIIT Centrum Industrial IT

The CIIT is Germany’s first science-to-business centre in the field of industrial automation. Partners from business, science and research create access to expert knowledge. Work on innovations is carried out in joint research and transfer projects. The CIIT provides a platform for relevant issues of digitisation and automation technology.

Find out more about the Centrum Industrial IT (CIIT)

EPLAN efficient engineering.

EPLAN Software & Service develops CAE solutions and advises companies on optimising their engineering processes. Customers benefit from increased efficiency in the product development process through standardised procedures, automated operations and integrated workflows. EPLAN provides custom-made concepts for system implementation and installation, as well as smooth integration into the IT/PLM system landscape – based on standard engineering solutions. The range of services also includes customising, consulting and training. The development of individual and standardised interfaces for ERP, PDM and PLM ensures data consistency in product development. Consistent customer focus, global support, innovative development and interface expertise are some of its success factors. EPLAN is part of the Friedhelm Loh Group and therefore stands for continuity and investment security.

Go to the EPLAN Data Portal

Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e. V.

The Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e. V. (Drive Technology Research Association) or FVA for short, is the world’s largest drive technology research and innovation network. To date over 2,000 projects have been implemented in collaboration with companies and research institutes. The FVA's goal is to advance drive technology by bringing industry and research together. The research association sees itself as a promoter of innovation in the industry, exploring new knowledge and creating efficiency and insights. 

Find out more about the Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V.


“The future: companies in Lippe” is a joint local initiative of the Lippe-Detmold Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Lippe employer’s association and the Lippe Junior Chamber. Some of the goals behind the initiative include making business more tangible and approachable, creating understanding and strengthening the region’s image.

Find out more about the local initiative

inIT - Institut für industrielle Informationstechnik

The Institut für industrielle Informationstechnik (Institute for Industrial Information Technology, short: inIT) at the East Westphalia Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts is one of the leading research institutes in the field of industrial information technology. The institute brings the high demands of automation technology into line with information and communication technologies. The institute’s areas of expertise include industrial communication, image processing and authentication, computer intelligence and human-technology interaction. Over 160 bilateral and publicly subsidised research projects have been carried out at the inIT to date.  

Find out more about our endowment professorship

ISG - TwinStore Community

KEB Automation is a member of ISG TwinStore – a digital exchange platform for component and systems suppliers, as well as for system operators. Component models, templates and interfaces are available in the TwinStore. This enables users of simulation tools to perform modelling and high-quality simulation for virtual design, validation, and commissioning.

Find out more about TwinStore – the online store for simulation models


In the “it’s OWL” technology network, around 200 companies, research institutes and organisations develop solutions for the digital transformation of SMEs. The network develops solutions for intelligent products and manufacturing processes. “It’s OWL” is considered to be one of the largest Industry 4.0 initiatives for SMEs and was awarded a prize in the German government’s Leading-Edge Cluster competition.

Find out more about the pioneering work for the industry of the future.

Open Direct Current Alliance (ODCA)

The Open Direct Current Alliance (ODCA) was founded by ZVEI with 33 companies from industry, academia and research. In light of the fact that direct current makes an important contribution to the success of the energy transition, the goal of the working group is to build a worldwide direct current ecosystem and to establish direct current technology.

Find out more about the Open Direct Current Alliance (ODCA)

OSADL - Open Source Automation Development Lab

The Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) aims to promote and coordinate the development of open source software for mechanical and plant engineering and for the automation industry. The registered cooperative represents the interests of mechanical engineers, automation hardware and software manufacturers, and open source software service providers. 

Find out more about the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)

OWL Maschinenbau

KEB Automation is a member of OWL Maschinenbau. As a network for mechanical engineering, automation technology and production technology, the business-driven association provides the framework to develop and fulfil potential. In the process, business, science and politics work together to create inspiration. This results in innovative solutions for both the company itself and the entire economic region of East Westphalia-Lippe. 

Find out more about owl maschinenbau -– the expertise network

Smart Factory OWL

Smart Factory is a joint institution of Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and the East Westphalia Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lemgo. Research, qualification and the transfer to digital industry technologies provide the foundations of the Smart Factory, which functions as a real laboratory for Industry 4.0 in East Westphalia Lippe. It offers companies and research institutions opportunities and services to work together on designing the factory of the future. 

Find out more about Smart Factory OWL


With more than 3,500 members, the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e. V. (German Engineering Federation, short: VDMA) is the largest network organisation for mechanical engineering in Germany and Europe and represents the interests of this industry. The topics covered by the VDMA range from digitalisation and Industry 4.0 to research, innovation and technology. 

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ZVEI, the Association of the Electrical and Digital Industry, represents the interests of the electrical and digital industries in Germany. ZVEI has more than 1,100 member companies, which employ around 90 percent of the workforce in Germany’s electrical and digital industries. 

Find out more about the ZVEI