Last Monday, 02.04.2019, the newly founded META network at the TU Chemnitz hosted the kick-off meeting under the title "Manufacturing 4.0 through development and transfer of progressive automation solutions". Each of the 9 partner companies attended the meeting (group photo provided by Katja Klöden/ TU Chemnitz). In presentations and joint discussions, the participants were brought up to date on the current status of the first identified projects and corresponding approaches to solutions. As co-initiator of the network, EDC participates in several topics, including automated manufacturing process and automated manufacturing quality control, especially for medium-sized companies. In addition to our know-how, the new technology platform "EDC smartFIT connect" is an important foundation of this venture.