The Standardization Council Industry 4.0 (SCI4.0), including German experts from science and industry, travelled to Hangzhou for the fifth meeting of the Industry 4.0 Sub-Working Group from 3 to 5 December 2017. At the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Economy and Industry (MIIT), SCI 4.0 presented the results from Hangzhou at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit 2017 in Nanjing.
German-Chinese Industry 4.0 Sub-Working Group
Quite some time ago, Industry 4.0 stopped being a mere pipe dream in German-Chinese relations. But in what direction are we now moving? How can new impetus be given to the implementation of concrete international standardization goals? And what role are new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G or Edge Computing playing? These were the tasks and questions addressed by the German-Chinese Standardization Commission (DCKN) at the fifth meeting of the Industry 4.0 Sub-Working Group in Hangzhou in December 2017.
The event got underway on 3 and 4 December with the RAMI/IMSA, Predictive Maintenance, IT Security/Functional Safety, Network Communications/Edge Computing and Use Cases working groups, which met in closed session. In these working groups, German and Chinese experts once again succeeded in achieving concrete results and agreeing on joint standardization approaches. Among other things, the final reports on the harmonization of both reference architecture models (RAMI/IMSA) and the IT Security Standards White Paper were prepared and published. Both documents and their contents are key aspects of the cooperation in international standardization. No less important for the joint activities is the launch of a project to map the relevant Industry 4.0 standards of both countries in order to be able to obtain an extensive and complete overview of the respective standards landscapes. In addition, the Germans succeeded in inserting key elements of international standardization such as the administrative shell and Industry 4.0 components. Both parties concluded that they should continue to collaborate more closely in the relevant ISO and IEC technical committees and joint ISO/IEC bodies (including ISO/IEC JWG 21).
The results of the day before were presented to the public at the second German-Chinese Forum on Development and Standardization in Industry 4.0 on 5 December in the Convention Center of the Intercontinental Hotel in Hangzhou, which was extremely well attended by representatives from the fields of politics, business, science and the leading standardization institutes of both countries.
Mr Yin Minghan (Vice Director, Standardization Administration China, SAC) and Mr Qian Minghua (Deputy Director, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology MIIT) welcomed the guests, while on the German side Mr Boris Böhme (Head of Product and Plant Safety Unit, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy BMWi) and Mr Reinhold Pichler, former Managing Director of SCI4.0, officially represented the German delegation. Both sides stressed that, in addition to working together on international solutions, the bilateral partnership will continue to be characterized above all by mutual learning. According to the agreements, the DCKN and the assigned working groups on Industry 4.0 will convene again in Germany next year.
Reflecting the great importance of the German-Chinese Industry 4.0 standardization partnership for the Chinese government, MIIT invited SCI4.0 to present the results of the meetings on 8 December 2017 at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit 2017. Organized annually by MIIT in Nanjing, this is one of the most important events on intelligent manufacturing in China: around 5,000 visitors from all over the world come to the exhibition at the Nanjing International Expo Center to find out about current policies and technologies in the field of intelligent manufacturing in China.