"Six years ago the first edition of the Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 had its premiere. A lot has happened since then. Over the past six years the term Industrie 4.0 has developed from a catchword to a tried and tested approach and now describes a completely new level of production as well as the organization and control of the entire added value chain. Technically, Industrie 4.0 represents the fusion of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology).
This leads to a significant overlapping of previously separate areas of standardization. Issues, requirements and working methods that were previously relevant to the information and communication technology sector, for example, now also affect mechanical engineering and the electrical industry to an even greater extent.
With this “Version 4” of the Roadmap we want to set down a vision for Industrie 4.0: the achievement of interoperability. By this we mean that machines in networked digital ecosystems communicate with each other in an interoperable manner. Only a high degree of interoperability ensures networking across company and industry boundaries. This requires standards and integration, a uniform regulatory framework, decentralized systems and artificial intelligence.".
(Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener, Chair SCI 4.0 Advisory Board Speaker DKE Vice President ZVEI Management Board Industrie 4.0)
German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 - Edition 4:
a blueprint to shape the digital ecosystem
Over the past years, Industrie 4.0 has developed from a buzzword to a completely new
stage of production as well as the organization and control of the entire value chain. In technological terms, Industrie 4.0 means a fusion of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational
This leads to a significant overlap of previously separate areas of standardization. Issues, requirements and working methods that were previously relevant now also affect the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering industries to an even greater extent.
Now it is time to think Industrie 4.0 further: What will a global digital value creation system look like? How can we identify and implement the right normative framework for this?
We are convinced harmonized and international standards are an enabler for digitized global value chains. Join and learn how we think to reduce complexity and provide recommendations for uniform I4.0 descriptions, specifications and standards.
SCI4.0 signals the start of the progress report on the Industrie 4.0 standardization roadmap
One year after the publication of the fourth edition of the standardization roadmap, a lot has also happened at the standardization level with regard to I4.0, and it is time to take a closer look at the implementation status of the recommendations for action that have been made and to show what concrete implementations and progress have been made at the normative level compared to 2020. At the last meeting of the SCI 4.0 - Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 working group, the starting signal was given for the preparation of the 2022 progress report, which is intended to show the individual implementation progress on the recommendations for action and at the same time to initiate the direction of the content for an upcoming version 5 of the NRM I4.0. The progress report will be published and presented at the Hannover Messe 2022.
At the Hanover Fair 2018, the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI 4.0), together with DIN and VDE|DKE, is presenting the third edition of the standardization roadmap "Industrie 4.0". In the roadmap, the authors - experts from industry, research, science and politics - describe the current development status of Industrie 4.0, outline the requirements for norms and standards and provide impulses for successful implementation. The document focuses on the role of humans in automated environments, the harmonization of smart manufacturing components, reference and data models in Industrie 4.0 as well as communication technologies, service robotics and legal aspects.
"Germany must assert itself in international competition for the best solutions and concepts for Industrie 4.0. To achieve this, a holistic approach and interdisciplinary cooperation of industry as well as norms and standards are essential - not least to successfully implement and establish these solutions globally", says Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener, spokesman of the SCI 4.0 advisory board.
The standardization roadmap will continue to be developed regularly in the future on the basis of new findings - for example, from research projects and work in the standardization committees. We would therefore like to call for and motivate people to continue to participate in this process with comments and, above all, to contribute to it after the publication of the third edition.
Because we have one goal in mind: The German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 - Version4.
Since the publication of Edition 3 two years ago, important standardization projects have been initiated and subsequently implemented at international level.
Use Cases as a conceptional approach
The previous edition of the roadmap had already recognized a conceptional separation of problem descriptions and solution approaches and for the first time formulated an independent chapter "Use Cases". With the new edition, use cases are even more strongly understood as an instrument for building a bridge from the driving challenges to the corresponding possible technical solutions. In addition, use cases offer the possibility of deriving new requirements for standardization and are a central key to the design of clear recommendations for action.
Asset Administration shell as central "integration plug" for digital ecosystems
Since the publication of the previous edition, important recommendations for action in standardization projects have been initiated nationally and subsequently implemented on an international level. A prominently featured example is the definition of suitable data structures for the exchange of data and their defined meaning. For this exchange the concept of the asset administration shell was developed in Germany. With the acceptance of the standardization proposal for IEC 63278-1 ED1 "Asset administration shell for industrial applications - Part 1: Administration shell structure" at IEC/TC 65, the course has been set for further development of the asset administration shell as a central "integration plug" for digital ecosystems by means of further recommendations for action.
Artificial Intelligence in Industrie 4.0
For the first time the German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 addresses the use of AI in industrial applications. Depending on the application purpose and function of AI, this can influence the fulfilment of requirements described in standards. For example, if AI technology is used to adapt the behaviour of automated functions, the influence of the AI's actions on the automated system must be taken into account in the conformity assessment. This is especially true for industrial applications with functional safety requirements, which are also addressed in the new roadmap.
Germany takes responsibility in Industrie 4.0 standardization
Since December 2017, the BMWi has been supporting the global harmonization of national Industrie 4.0 concepts through the SCI 4.0 with the GoGlobal Industrie 4.0 funding project. As a rule, the cooperating countries are actively represented in international standardization, so that early, consensual cooperation is beneficial. The stabilization of concepts through the bi- and trilateral discussion channel is indispensable from the German perspective in order to synchronize this work with the corresponding international standardization bodies.
" The German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 is a strategic and technically oriented document focusing on national standardization. With the fourth editition, we want to create important blueprints for shaping the digital ecosystem and supporting interoperability in the networked production world.
The document has a very concrete motivation, namely to develop and take up feasible recommendations for action and to involve all stakeholders in Germany interested in Industrie 4.0 processes. At the end of the process, the goal is to initiate digital production stndards and to coordinate them first nationally and then internationally. We expect it not only to push the Industrie 4.0 vision to the next level, but also to support SMEs and act as a "door opener" for digital manufacturing."
(Olga Meyer Fraunhofer IPA and Chairman of the WG Normungsroadmap)
Under the direction of Olga Meyer, employee at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, the 1941.0.1 "Standardization Roadmap" working group has drawn up the fourth edition of the Standardization Roadmap.
The following persons have participated in it: