The virtual world is continuously changing. Systems are getting faster, safer, more effective, and independent. This development is making increasing access into the world of production and manufacturing. The increasing number of customized solutions is presenting new challenges for production processes. The manufacturing methods of the future will be versatile, efficient, and integrated. Processes will be quickly and easily adaptable to new products. For this purpose, machines, components, plants, and services will be linked, allowing them to communicate and respond in unison within a standalone system, the Smart Factory.