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IVI Open Symposium 2020-Autumn-, Presentation documents available on the web

   The presentation documents of IVI Open Symposium 2020 -Autumn-, held on the web on October 8, are available now. Click the titles to see the PDF files and click the YouTube icons to see the movies.

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IVI Newsletter No.33 (September 28, 2020)

   We are pleased to inform you that IVI Symposium will be held online on October 8. We are having so-called new normal style IVI activities in the time influenced by the coronavirus. The goal of IVI activities still remains the same, that is realizing “Connected Manufacturing”.
   You are welcome to join the symposium even if you have not participated the symposium before. Take advantage of the good access to the online symposium.

≪ IVI Open Symposium 2020 -Autum-, applications now available ≫

   We will have an online symposium with the title “The manufacturing revolution is underway despite the effects of the coronavirus”. You are welcome to join the symposium to have a chance to understand the power of digitalization while the value chains are being reconstructed.

■Date and time

October 8 (Thursday), 2020, 12:30 to 18:40


Part 1: Web distribution
Part 2: Web conferencing system, interaction among attendees

■Participation fee



For application and the program, see here.

≪ Notice of CIOF Practical Seminar 2020 ≫

   We will have CIOF (Connected Industries Open Framework) Practical Seminar online in the afternoon on October 1st. We hope to offer you an opportunity to get information about CIOF before the demonstration experiment which starts in the autumn.

■Date and time

October 1, 2020 (Thursday), 13:30 to 16:00


Web lecture

■Participation fee



For application, see here.

≪ Activities of ASG (Advanced Study Group), Part 1 ≫

   ASG is activities to study about advanced themes which may offer seeds to solve problems and to be studied for one or three years. We will introduce one by one about them based on the reports from the groups, starting from this issue. The first issue is here from AR device utilization research group.

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IVI Open Symposium 2020 -Autumn-, Information

IVI Open Symposium 2020 -Autumn-
-The manufacturing revolution is underway despite the effects of the coronavirus –

   As the coronavirus influenced and divided the value chains of the world, the way of manufacturing has begun to proceed in a new direction. We will proceed to a new era of manufacturing with the progress of digitalization which is not the extension of the past in the era of “After the Coronavirus”.
   We may be able to foresee the new era of manufacturing at the symposium with you through the ideas and technologies of “Connected Industries” developed by IVI. You are welcome to join the symposium.


Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI)


Central Japan Quality Control Association, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative, Business + IT, MONOistMonodukuri Nippon Committee (モノづくり日本会議)

■Date and time

October 8 (Thursday), 2020, 12:30 to 18:40


Part 1: Web distribution
Part 2: Web conferencing system, interaction among attendees

■Participation fee




 ・Programs and speakers may change due to unavoidable conditions.
 ・If you join with your colleagues of your company or some organization, apply for the symposium by each attendee individually.
 ・We will send you the URL and ID of the online participation. Do not share the URL and ID to a third party without permission.

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Notice of CIOF Practical Seminar 2020 (October 1, 2020)

  It is getting important to connect companies by data exchange in this coronavirus affection time. IVI has almost finalized the specifications for CIOF (Connected Industries Open Framework) version 2, which embodies the concept of Connected Industries of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and is preparing for a demonstration experiment from this autumn.

  We will introduce CIOF, which will be a basis for data connection among companies in order to create an ecosystem of companies for IT systems and solutions, from every kind of aspects and hope to offer an opportunity to start the ecosystem by CIOF Practical Seminar 2020.

■Date and time: October 1, 2020 (Thursday), 13:30 to 16:00

■Location     : Web lecture

■Lecturer     : Professor Yasuyuki Nishioka (IVI President)



【Part 1】 CIOF as a basis for data distribution among companies

 Companies can improve their ways to offer their software and IT solutions to their customers and business models which make relationship between the customers and themselves by Digital Transformation. The lecture is about use cases which CIOF will realize for manufacturing industry and business model change of companies which join CIOF.
Targeted attendees  Management and marketing department people of IT companies

【Part 2】 Overview of CIOF architecture and System implementation procedure

   The lecture is about internal functions and structures to realize CIOF functions, especially about important concepts and architecture, for engineers who develop IT systems. Also, about API, software development environment and the steps required for companies, which develop software for users in the field of manufacturing, to comply CIOF.
Targeted attendees  Developers and engineers of IT companies and research institutes

   Fill in the required information at the URL bellow;

       Application for “CIOF Practical Seminar 2020”:

  (The seminar starts at 13:30 on October 1, 2020)


[Notice of Cancellation] IT Meister Leader Development Program for Manufacturing (MMIT) , scheduled in 2020, has been cancelled

   IT Meister Leader Development Program for Manufacturing (MMIT) 2020, which was announced in February 2020, has been canceled. After the program was postponed because of the spread of the new coronavirus, we decided to cancel it.

   The number of new virus infections has been increasing still in August, and the infection has spread from Tokyo area to local cities and then from local cities to every corner of the country. Since the program included training with people, we thought it risky. We apologize to applicants who were planning to take the program.

   We will announce the next program 2021 on IVI web site and also send them information by mail.  


IVI Connected Manufacturing Award 2020, the winners announced. “From demonstration to implementation”, Achievements which are implemented at manufacturing sites (First published in Japanese in May, 2020)

  Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI, Prof. Yasuyuki Nishioka, President) announced the award winner of IVI Connected Manufacturing Award 2020 at Startup Seminar on May 14, 2020.  “Visualization/analysis of people and things’ operation and its optimization, Part II (Pursuit of IE for the next generation), Mazda Motor Corporation” won the award among eighteen business scenario WGs active in 2019. The year of 2019 has become a milestone year, because over one hundred business scenarios have been completed until 2019 since 2015, the year of IVI’s launch. The themes of business scenarios have been categorized into three forms, “PoC type”,  “Steadily implemented type” and “CIOF (Connected Industries Open Framework )”.

  “PoC type”scenarios, which have fields of proof experiments to try advanced methods and technologies, do not require rigid feasibility for TO-BE scenarios as general business scenarios do. On the other hand, “Solid implementation type”scenarios, which try tools that can be implemented with low cost, have focuses on process for implementation, how easy and with low cost. As for “CIOF” scenarios, with which data distribution among enterprises by using plug-in introduced by CIOF, we have been working to realize business processes and business models with CIOF which have previously been impossible.


<IVI Connected Manufacturing Award 2020, selection results>

【Award of the year】 5C03
Visualization, analysis and optimization for records of human and things II (pursuit of next-generation IE)

Demonstrated by Mazda et al.

Review: This is an example of improvement in quantification at a production site where forklifts move around. They achieved both quantification of movements of human and things (data collected automatically) and “loss analysis using IE method”, and then built standardized operations to maximize efficiency in organizing transportations, which had been done by human operations. It led to quantified movements by using patterned movements and success in defining and visualizing the rules of loss. It will be possible to develop the system not only for forklifts’ movement but also for human and robot cooperation at a production site in the future.


【Award of excellence】 5A03: PoC type scenario
Quality improvement of a material production line – Casting of cylinder heads

Demonstrated by Mitsubishi Electric et al.

Review: The theme of the WG is quality improvement at a cylinder head casting line of an automobile engine factory. Though human skills and experiences kept at production sites controlled the quality before, the WG investigated the causal relationship to the quality by using sensors and analysis newly applied and focusing on molten metal components. They verified that the content of specific component affected the quality which had not been thought as a quality factor by researchers. They verified that individual differences of cooling plates of the products caused variations of the products’ quality. This was a great example that a scientific analysis required quantification.


【Award of excellence】 5E02: CIOF scenario
Secure data distribution service – AI implementation at edges to make a production site intelligent

Demonstrated by Toshiba et al.

Review: The WG aimed to create a mechanism for in-process judging quality by data with deep meaning corrected by edge computers for manufacturing processes ranging from a few seconds to less than one second, while IoT / M2M, high-performance sensors, edge computers and practical applications of AI are being put to practical uses. They also aimed at international standardization of machine sensor data, distribution of CIOF data and establishment of the environment for Loosely Connected Manufacturing. In addition to making the model for them, they made a system which worked on-site and used it for trend analysis by each lot and discovery of predictive information.


【Award of excellence】 5B02: Solid implementation type scenario
Visualizing information about equipment maintenance

Demonstrated by CKD et al.

Review: This theme was selected when considering to avoid long time stop of a production line, even if peripheral equipment, as it was not a main equipment, got abnormal, it would be often the case that it was not a matter of daily maintenance because it could be replaced by a human or be first-aided. They dealt with fan failures of servo amplifiers of machine tools, tried a simple and easy sensor and worked with offline verifications. Though this was not an outstanding theme, it was an activity that was familiar and easy to understand for everybody.


【Award of recognition】 5C06: PoC type scenario
Efficient collaboration between design and manufacturing

Demonstrated by NIKON et al.

Review:  This WG is a new WG, of which five members among seven are new members who have joined IVI in these two years. The machining time (processing cost) and optimized delivery time are calculated with 3D models, while adding on-site knowledge to a system drawn by TO-BE method, with speeding up and improvement of estimation works for delivery time and cost in a prototype department. Though it was planned as a goal for one year (a CAN-BE goal), the target (a TO-BE goal) would be expected to produce a great result, if with use of CIOF in future.


【Review for all demonstrations】 Hiroyuki Mizuno, Chairman of Business Cooperation Committee 2019, CKD

  Looking back on the activities of the Business Scenario Working Group in 2019, I thought it was a year in which the ability to effectively use the collected data was tested. Starting from selection of components which matched production sites, collecting data and analyzing the problems, we were able to successfully realize the world of TO-BE, which we drew in the scenarios. For all of IVI members, it was a year that everyone could power up, leaving from the study mode where we had been up to now, changing from PoC to solid implementations and from proof experiments to productions.


■What is Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI)?
  IVI is a forum, which is located in the field of manufacturing industries, established on March 18, 2015. The purpose of IVI is to realize Connected Manufacturing that is possible through integration of manufacturing and IT in the IoT era based on the concept of “Loose Standard”. 739 members from 240 companies and 16 organizations are participating in events both inside and outside Japan. The members are IHI, OMRON, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kobe Steel, Konno Works, CKD, JTEKT, Toshiba, Toyota, Nikon, NEC, Panasonic, Hitachi, Brother, Busu, Fujitsu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Yaskawa, etc. (Regular members: 81 large companies and 75 SMEs. Support members: 29 large companies and 48 SMEs. Implementation members: One large company and 6 SMEs. Supporting members: 16organizations. April 22, 2020)

For inquiries, contact:

    Secretariat, Industrial Value Chain Initiative

    Email:  office@

    person in charge: Takashi Sugano

     14-1 Nihonbashi Koamicho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8548, Japan

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For press inquiries, contact:

    Secretariat, Industrial Value Chain Initiative

    Email:  office@

    person in charge: Takashi Sugano

Press release (PDF document)


IVI Startup Seminar 2020, Documents of the seminar available on the web (First published in Japanese in May, 2020)

   We are pleased to notice that the presentation documents of the Startup Seminar, held with live streaming on May 14, are available on the web.

(Click the names of the PDF files to see them.)




Yuji Watanabe, IVI Director of Secratariat

Present and future of IVI

Yasuyuki Nishioka, IVI President

Business Scenario Digest, IVI award and Report of Business Corporation Committee

Hiroyuki Mizuno, Chairman of Business Cooperation Committee

Report of Education Promotion Committee

Yoshihiko Watanabe, Chairman of Education Promotion Committee

Report of General Planning Committee

Koji Tomita, Chairman of General Planning Committee

How to proceed with Smart Thinking

Hideaki Nishimura, IVI Chief Organizer

Data transaction using CIOF

Yasuyuki Nishioka, IVI President