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CIOF for Industry 4.0 has launched

IVI published a specification document of Connected Industries Open Framework (CIOF) which deals with valuable data transportation between smart manufacturing units (SMUs).

The CIOF contains hyper communication server (HCS), hyper communication terminal (HCT), hyper dictionary server (HDS), and hyper connection manager (HCM).

The project launched in July 2018 with FANUC, Mitsubishi Electronics, DMG MORI, and Hitachi supported by Japan Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) has developed a testbed prototype system for PoC.

The results will be presented at Hannover Messe on 1st of April at 14:00 at Hall 8, Stand D17.




Public review draft of Manufacturing open framework for IVI ecosystem.

IVI starts a public review of the implementation requirements of manufacturing data translation between different platforms. The document aims that individual platforms can become a user of valuable data provided by the other individual platform without huge effort of particular integration.
This document is a basic specification document followed by four implementation sub-system specifications including Hyper Connection Server (HCS), Hyper Connection Terminal (HCT), Hyper Connection Manager (HCM), and Hyper Dictionary Manager (HDM), all of which will be also published later.
The project is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan. Finalizing the project by the end of this February, the resulted use case documents and implementation specifications as well as the developed software will be published and provided as open source so as to develop this data sharing approach more and more open bases.

The public review document is available here.


Meet IVI at Hannover Messe – Exhibition (Hall 7, Stand A31) and Presentations (April 23-27, 2018)

IVI is going to participate in the Hannover Messe 2018. Please visit our booth at Hall 7, Stand A31. In addition to IVI activities, contents of the newly published reference architecture, IVRA-Next, will be also exhibited. You can download IVRA-Next from here.

Please also visit presentations by Prof. Nishioka (IVI President) at two events in Hannover Messe.

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Industrial Value Chain Reference Architecture (IVRA)-Next is published

The second version of IVI’s reference architecture, IVRA-Next, has been published.

You can download it from here.


At Hannover Messe 2018, you can hear a presentation by Prof. Nishioka (IVI President) on IVRA-Next.

Presentation “Strategic Implementation of Smart Manufacturing Ecosystem by IVRA-Next Framework”

Event: Forum Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet, Hannover Messe

Date and time: April, 23  11:30-12:00

Venue: Hall 8, Stand D17


The Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg and the Industrial Value Chain Initiative Sign MoU

Tokyo – March 1, 2018 Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg (Allianz I4.0), a network designed to promote digital transformation in manufacturing industry based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI), a forum of smart manufacturing for connected industries based in Japan, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the memorandum, Allianz I4.0 and IVI will make a variety of efforts to promote Industrie 4.0/smart manufacturing in international economies.

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The Industrial Internet Consortium ® (IIC™), the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI), the forum of smart manufacturing for connected industries based in Japan, hosted their first joint workshop on June 8, 2017. Since each liaison officer on both sides was from the same company (Fujitsu). 220 IIC and IVI members participated and IVI took the first step to the global stage.



IIC & IVI sharing use case information(IIC, IVI members only)


On April 26, 2017, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Hannover City in Germany. Based on this agreement, we have decided to hold a joint workshop to share use case information with IIC and IVI. It is an event only for IIC and IVI members.

Date and time : Thursday, June 8th, 2017 13: 00 ~ 17: 00 (reception start 12:30)

Seminar Venue: Tokyo Big Sight Conference Building

Capacity          : 200 (IIC, IVI members only)

Please contact us for details.


The Industrial Value Chain Initiative Signs MoU with the Industrial Internet Consortium

The Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI), a forum of smart manufacturing for connected industries based in Japan, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC). Under the agreement, the IIC and the IVI will work together to align efforts to maximize interoperability, portability, security and privacy for the industrial Internet.

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Participation in the conference “Digitising Manufacturing in the G20 – Initiatives, Best Practices and Policy Approaches”

On March 16th and 17th, IVI participated in the G20 conference in Berlin which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in its panel discussion and booth exhibition.

Different stakeholders in the area of manufacturing digitisation including policymakers, academics, specialists in industry and initiatives from G20 countries were invited to discuss on the theme. The IVI President, Prof. Nishioka, joined a panel discussion entitled “Data sovereignty in global value networks” as a panelist. The moderator, Prof. Boris Otto from Fraunhofer ISST, and the panelists from China, Mexico and Japan shared information on national/regional activities and prerequisite for data sovereignty, and the focus of the discussion was brought to challenges such as contradiction between the needs of sharing and controlling data and international standardization as one of its possible solutions. 

The IVI also took part in the exhibition where 16 initiatives from the G20 countries opened booths. The achievement of 45 scenario based use cases from the first and second years as well as the Kaizen approach applied in such activities caught visitors’ attention.

The G20 conference website:

Panel discussion “Data sovereignty in global value networks”
Booth exhibition staff of IVI


IVI Letter Vol.5(English)(2016/12/08)

Industrial Value Chain Reference Architecture (IVRA) has been developed

While the IIRA and RAMI have already been published in the past by the Industrial Internet Consortium, and the Plattform Industrie 4.0, respectively, it was felt that opinions and experiences from the Japanese manufacturing industries deserve to be expressed in terms of an own reference architecture, as a contribution to a truly global view on the most complex topic called Smart Manufacturing. 

The IVRA provides three perspectives to understand manufacturing industry as a whole: The knowledge/engineering flow, the demand/supply flow and hierarchical levels from the device level to the enterprise level. A key element is the introduction of Smart Manufacturing Units (SMUs) in a way that allows to smoothly integrate human beings as elements with their autonomous nature – paying tribute to the fact that it is the human being who discovers a problem, defines a problem, and solves a problem in many cases not only in the past, but also in the foreseeable future.  

Moreover, an approach to build an eco-system for Smart Manufacturing is also proposed.


General Function Block (GFB) for Smart Manufacturing


→You can download the full text from here

From the Editors

This year, IVI developed by size and density its activities including Business Scenario Workgroups, Platform Workgroups as well as establishing international relationships. We would like to continue informing you of our latest news. 

【IVI Publicity Committee】
IVI Newsletter Editors’ Group