An assessment tool has been developed and tested which supports the management of industrial companies to understand the situation of their firms with respect to Lean and Industry 4.0. The assessment identifies gaps between the real and the desired use of Lean methods and Industry 4.0 tools and provides input for the development of a LEAN4.0 strategy. The assessment tool can also be seen as a learning tool for managers of a company. It helps managers to understand the value of a combined use of Lean methods and Industry 4.0 technologies. Furthermore, the assessment tool supports the internal discussion in a company about the required future development of the operations function.

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