German - Japanese Cooperation

German-Japanese cooperation for standardization of Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The aim of the cooperation between the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI 4.0) and its Japanese partner, the Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI), is to promote the economic potential of digitization in both countries, to further advance the initiation of digital standards and to introduce bilaterally harmonized approaches into international standardization (ISO and IEC).

 

After a first joint meeting in Japan in February 2016, the two initiatives concluded an agreement on future cooperation at the Hannover Messe 2016. At CeBIT 2017, the cooperation was intensified with the "Common strategy on standardization in Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things". In recent years, the results on specific opportunities have been presented to a broad professional audience. The last time this happened was during Dr. Jens Gayko's visit to the International RRI Symposium in January 2020. This year's results will be presented in October 2020 at Smart Factory Japan in Tokyo. 

Together with the Platform Industrie 4.0, the LNI4.0 and flanked by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the following topics were defined as fields of action in the action plan.


Working Group1: Standardization/Use Cases and Applications

(Content support SCI 4.0 and RRI)

 

Current activities

Joint Asset Administration Shell workshop 

 

Joint consideration of the Usage View application scenario Seamless Dynamic Plant Engineering

Testbed Edge configuration (LNI 4.0)

Aspects of the language of Industrie 4.0 components (VDI guideline 2193 part 1 -2)

 

Publications

2017: Common strategy on standardization in the field of Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things

2018: Discussion Paper: Usage Viewpoint of Application Scenario Value-Based Service

          Discussion Paper: Functional Viewpoint of Application Scenario Value-Based Service

2019: Discussion Paper: Usage View of the Asset Administration Shell

2020: Discussion Paper: Usage View of Seamless and Dynamic Plant Engineering (Mai 2020)

         Update on Common strategy


Working Group 2: Cyber and Industrial Security

(Content support Platform Industrie 4.0 WG "Security of networked systems" and RRI)

 

Current activities

Trustworthiness in the context of "IIoT Value Chain Security“

Development of a demonstrator on Supply Chain Trustworthiness with implementation of the BMWi project "Legal Testbed

 

Publications

(Lead Plattform Industrie 4.0 AG „Digitale Geschäftsmodelle “ /RRI)
2017: Facilitating International Cooperation for Secure Industrial Internet of Things/Industrie 4.0
2018: Report „Securing Global Industrial Value Networks – synchronizing international approaches“
2020: White Paper „Approach to establish Trustworthiness in the context of IIoT Value Chain Security“


Working Group 3: Digital Business Models

(Lead Plattform Industrie 4.0/RRI)


The importance of linking use cases and standardization


In the meantime, the view has gained increasing international acceptance that new standardization activities are only meaningful if the underlying driving use cases are formulated and clearly understood. To this extent, an internationally uniform understanding of use cases in the context of Industrie 4.0 is a central starting point in standardization work. Use cases are here an instrument for building a bridge from the driving challenges facing the manufacturing industry to the corresponding possible technical solutions. Use cases then also offer the possibility of deriving new requirements for standardization.

 

Furthermore, a conceptual separation of problem descriptions and solution approaches was recognized early on and this was taken into account in the formulation of the so-called use scenarios. It was also emphasized that, due to the diversity of the manufacturing industry, not every use case has the same relevance for every user and that a problem description can certainly be implemented in different ways.

 

 

On the other hand, it became more and more conscious that the term "Use Case" was understood and used very differently. This has Recommendation is a proposal to differentiate between three different categories of use cases (see Industrie 4.0 Standardization Roadmap, Version 3, chapter Use Cases):

  • Business scenarios, where value-added relationships between companies and their business models are described from a business perspective.
  • Use Cases, where a technical system is described in its application context, namely how actors outside the technical system interact with it and with each other 
  • Practical examples, where a concrete solution approach is described.

 

 

This suggestion was actively taken up and implemented both nationally, for example in selected use cases of Labs Network Industrie 4.0, and internationally, in addition to Japan, as well as within the framework of the cooperation with China, the trilateral cooperation with France and Italy and the USA.


Publication White Paper: Usage View of the Asset Administration Shell

The results paper of the German-Japanese Cooperation in Industrie 4.0 Standardization & Use Cases explains the concept, applications and advantages of the management shell.

 

However, a comprehensive view from the application perspective is still missing. However, this is necessary to enable a broad community to better understand the objectives of this concept in order to benefit from its use.

 

The presented elaboration is an important step to develop a common view on a core concept of Industrie 4.0 and to derive requirements for the necessary standardization.


Publication White Paper Usage View "Seamless and Dynamic Engineering of Plants"

This working paper has been elaborated in the working group “Modelling Example” VDI/VDE-GMA Technical  Committee 6.12 “Seamless Engineering of Process Control Systems” together with the “Use Case Task Force” in the International Standardization Action Group, within the Japanese Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI) in cooperation with the SCI 4.0 and Plattform Industrie 4.0). The aim is to enhance the value of the document by sharing and therefore implementing new and more diversified perspectives. The activities and partners were initiated and orchestrated by the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI4.0) withing the project GoGlobal Industrie 4.0.

 

The presented elaboration is an important step for completing a common view to a core concept of Industrie 4.0 and to derive requirements for necessary standardization activities. Its results are supported by the strong commitment of VDI/VDE GMA, the Japan’s Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative thanks to the open minded and integrating procedure chosen.


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Usage Viewpoint

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