• Announcements

    Smart Manufacturing Reference Architecture (IVRA), released (First published in Japanese in December, 2016)

      IVI has independently developed the Smart Manufacturing Reference Architecture IVRA (Industrial Value Chain Reference Architecture) Ver. 1 . This is equivalent to reference architectures such as IIRA and RAMI 4.0 developed in Europe and the United States, and was devised based on Japanese manufacturing concepts.

      The entire manufacturing industry is viewed from the perspective of the supply chain, engineering chain, vertical hierarchy structure from the enterprise level to the equipment level, and there is an autonomous organization of smart manufacturing that has people inside as its constituent elements. It is a feature. We are also proposing an approach to building a smart manufacturing ecosystem.

    General Function Block (GFB) for Smart Manufacturing

    Download IVRA full text

    Download full IVRA (Japanese)

  • Announcements

    IVI “Platform” Survey Report sales started (First published in Japanese in November, 2016)

      IVI investigated the usage of the term and meaning “platform” , actually ” platform ” examined with a term products and services, or the current state of efforts, organize the structure of the platform, function, cost, etc. Did. Survey results

      Questionnaire Survey Report on “ Platform ” in the Fourth Industrial Revolution -Possibility of Japanese Platform-

      As a summary, sales began.

      IVI is towards the member 1 -neck 1 is already distributing the books.

      If you wish to purchase the report , please fill in the necessary information on the purchase application form and send it.

  • Announcements

    Industry 4.0 Symposium (10 May 26 , 2016) IVI President Nishioka lectured

      Indudtry 4.0 Symposium was held on October 26, 2016.

      “Industry 4.0 Symposium: Promotion of Smart Manufacturing – TU9 German Institute of Technology” ( co-sponsored by German Science and Innovation Forum Tokyo ( DWIH Tokyo) and German Institute of Technology ( TU9 ))

      And then, President Nishioka gave a lecture titled “ IVI Platform that Supports the Value Chain of Connected Factories” .

      An article about the lecture was posted on the website .

      Please take a look at the article.

    Articles from German Science and Innovation Forum Tokyo ( DWIH Tokyo)

    Nikkei Technology online article (what is a “connected factory” after all)

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    Lecture at JIMTOF 2016 (November 22, 2016)

      JIMTOF 2016  “from Japan as a special lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Japan International Machine Tool Fair ” lead plant “IVI (Industrial Value Chain Initiative) will give a talk of efforts”.

      Introducing IVI ‘s activities and activities of the Business Scenario WG that was announced at the public symposium on October 13th .

      This time, we will introduce the activities of 1 WG from the themes of equipment management, predictive maintenance, maintenance service, collaboration between companies, and SMEs in the business scenario .

     Equipment management: Factory manufacturing reform (Toyota, etc.) where people and equipment grow together

     Predictive maintenance: Predictive maintenance of press machines and panel transport devices (OMRON, etc.)

     Maintenance services: Increasing service added value after sales of in-house products (NEC etc.)

     Inter-company collaboration: Process progress and delivery time management between multiple factories (Fujitsu, etc.)

     Small and medium-sized enterprises: Horizontal collaboration of SMEs and visualization of progress (AIS, etc.)

      Introducing what you really want to do with IoT on the factory floor in the manufacturing industry, with videos.

      Please come by all means.

    ■ date and time November 22, 2016 (Tuesday) 13:30 to 15:00

    ■ Location Tokyo Big Sight Conference Tower 7th Floor International Conference Hall

    ■ Details JIMTOF

    Outline of JIMTOF2016

    JIMTOF2016  lectures and seminars

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    IVI Newsletter Vol.9 (October 12, 2016)

    IVI Symposium 2016 -Autumn- (October 13, 2016), Live broadcasted

     October 13 (Thursday) 9:30 ~12:30 the pattern of the morning part of, YouTube and live streaming in.

    * This will be distributed only in the morning. * The URL is limited to IVI members and IVI newsletter subscribers. * This is a test. Please send us your comments and comments.
     E-mail: office [at] ( Please replace [at] with @ mark.) 

    →For the program, see   

    IVI Platform Survey Report, Sales Decided

     October 13  (Thursday) of IVI Symposium 2016-Autumn- in, such as IVI President Nishioka  make the emergency sale of the investigation report that the task team members have created!

      “The 4 in the industrial revolution ” platform ” survey report on”
     the possibility of ~ Japanese version of the platform –

      Fee: Normal price of 10,000 yen → one day only 6,000 yen (consumption tax included)
      sales volume: 300 parts (first-come, first-served basis, ※ In the case of sold out will be at a later date mailing)

      Survey period: 2016 year 7 May 19 days to 7 May 29 day
      survey: IVI member about 350 people, the major domestic platformer about 10 companies
      total page number 81 page
         <Table of Contents> questionnaire discussion of the results
              investigation of each of the first part of companies or entities
              investigation of each second part of the platform

    * Survey reports will be sold at the symposium reception after the morning of the symposium ( 12 : 30- ).
    * IVI members will be distributed free of charge as separately announced on the day of the symposium.

     Contact: e-mail office [at] ( Please replace [at] with @ mark.) 

    Visit to Platform Industry 4.0 (Berlin, Germany)

     September 13, 2016 (Tuesday) platform Industry in Berlin, Germany 4.0 office  IVI President Yasuyuki Nishioka and Axel Saleck Mr. (IVI evangelist) to visit, the Secretary-General Henning Banthien Mr., and the German Federal Energy Interview with Jan Siedentopp , Secretary of Industry 4.0

     The activities of SMEs in IVI ‘s working group activities and the approach of the IVI platform were highly appreciated, and expectations were raised for the development of exchanges at the member level and collaboration in standardization activities.

     As for the Japanese system in the cooperative relationship between Japan and Germany, the Robot Revolution Initiative Council is leading the way in responding to government measures and a large framework for cooperation, while IVI is building up needs on a private basis from the bottom up. He explained that the two are very cooperative and complementary.


    From left : Mr. Saleck , IVI President Nishioka, Executive Director Banthien , Mr. Siedentopp

    Meeting with a mission from Baden-Württemberg, Germany 

     September 6, 2016 (Tuesday) delegation of Baden-Württemberg, which had visited Japan from Germany, IVI  President Yasuyuki Nishioka  talks between President was held.

     Participants include Baden-Württemberg International Economic Partnership ( BAden -Württemberg International) , SAP , TRUMPF Group FA Service , VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) , German Chamber of Commerce in Germany ( German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan ) and representatives from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Esslingen University.

     Because in the Baden-Württemberg is the main industry is manufacturing industry, Industry 4.0 By realization of is that hold the economy of the key, IVI activities of, is particularly interested in the achievements in small and medium-sized enterprises were received.

     In the future, we plan to regularly exchange with other organizations in the state through joint events and mutual visits.

    Editor’s note

      In the 9th issue of the IVI Newsletter , additional information on the IVI Symposium 2016-Autumn- was presented.  The next issue will be delivered as a special issue reporting on this symposium. We will continue to deliver useful information to everyone, so please look forward to your patronage.

    Issued by: Industrial Value Chain Initiative Publicity Committee

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    FAQ about application to IVI Platform created (First published in Japanese in September, 2016)

      We have created a collection of frequently asked questions for platform companies that are preparing to apply for the IVI Platform. In addition, when you apply, you have to select up to three platform categories as reference information. Please refer to the contents of each category for explanation.


    Frequently asked questions

    Platform category overview

  • e-news

    IVI Newsletter Vol.8 (September 20, 2016)

    IVI Symposium 2016 –Autumn- (October 13, 2019)

      As an interim report on activities in FY2016, IVI will report on the current fiscal year’s efforts as a public symposium. This time, we have a wide range of high-density contents such as explanations about the new IVI platform, more than 20 new business scenario WG interim reports, and the latest German situation report.

      Date: October 13 ( Thursday ) 9:30 ~17:00 ( 9:00 start accepting)

      Venue : TKP Ichigaya Conference Center ( 5- minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station ) 


      Participation fee: Free (The social gathering is a membership fee system )

    * As seats are limited, please apply as soon as possible.
    First-come-first-served basis. [ Capacity morning 450 people, afternoon 250 people × 2 venue ] It should be noted that the program might be changed by circumstances.

    → For Program / Application, see

    Recruitment for IVI Platform 2016, started

      IVI released the basic concept of the Japanese version of “Connected Factory” platform and started to open the platform.  “ IVI Platform”, a new initiative from this fiscal year , recruits platforms in eight categories as the foundation for realizing “connected factories”, and over 25 business scenarios as the execution environment of “loose standards” We are going to prove it. Please refer to the official website for information on the “ IVI Platform” open call for participants.

    → IVI Platform 2016 public offering started here 

    IOTSWC in Barcelona 

      Of overseas IVI order to enhance our presence, Spain in Barcelona 10 May 25 ~27 World’s Largest Industrial, which will be held in the days IoT of events, ” IoT Solutions World Congress to participate in” as a partner organization. Along with the US Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the German Industry 4.0 platform, IVI is an event partner.

      IVI is from Axel Henning Saleck Mr., 26 days 17:45 ~18:30 in “The IVI Approach To IoT and Current Manufacturing” is scheduled to lecture entitled.

      → IOTSWC website 

      → About IOTSWC partnership 

      Please visit us if you like.

    Editor’s note

      In the 8th issue of the IVI Newsletter, we introduced the information about the autumn symposium as a topic. IVI has begun work on the IVI platform, which is expected to attract attention in the future . IVI ‘s future activities will expand more specifically and overseas. In the next issue, we will report on overseas news. We will continue to report on new initiatives in the IVI Newsletter. Please stay tuned.

    Issue: Industrial Value Chain Initiative
    Publicity Committee

  • Announcements

    IVI Open Symposium –Autumn- application started (First published in Japanese in September, 2016)

      General reception of IVI Open Symposium -Autumn- will start.

      This year, 25 new business scenarios (use cases) will be introduced with videos. In addition, the details of the IVI platform and how to proceed are also available. As soon as it becomes full, it will be closed, so please apply as soon as possible.

    • Date and time: October 13, 2016  9:30 ~17:00 (Registration starts 9:00 )
    • Location: TKP Ichigaya Conference Center ( 2 minutes on foot from JR Ichigaya Station )


    Go to symposium page

    Go to the application page

  • Announcements

    IVI President Nishioka visited Platform Industry 4.0 (First published in Japanese in September, 2016)

      Platform Industry in Berlin, Germany 4.0 office of IVI President Yasuyuki Nishioka and Axel Saleck Mr. ( IVI visited in the evangelist), the Secretary-General Henning Banthien Mr., and the German Federal Energy I interviewed Jan Siedentopp , the ministry’s Secretary for Industry 4.0 on September 13, 2016. 

      First , the IVI side explained the history of the activities so far, especially the scenario-based U-scale description method and the results of SMEs participating in the activities of the working group very actively with shoulders from large corporate members. I explained that I was raising. The German side is particularly focused on supporting SMEs, and there are expectations that the results of these activities and the process itself will be developed into exchanges at each member level. It was.

      In addition, IVI presented the reference models for the eight platforms as part of this year’s work, and introduced how the platformers can handle use cases based on these models. Since the IVI model is likely to be consistent with the RAMI model, there was a comment that first of all we expect the results of March next year, while also considering the collaboration with the standardization activities being promoted by WG1 . .

      The German side asked about the relationship between IVI and RRI in Japan and the future international development of IVI . As for the former, IVI is good at accumulating needs on a private basis from the bottom up . On the other hand, RRI is leading a large framework such as responding to government measures and cooperation with other countries , but both are very Explained that this is a cooperative and complementary relationship. He explained that the latter is currently passive because of the lack of human resources, but that he will continue to actively communicate, such as IIC and IOTSWC in Barcelona in October .

      In this meeting, over 90 minutes, in addition to the above, it was a rough talk about various circumstances and concerns about how to proceed, and we were able to build a mutual trust relationship at the top level. In addition, in particular, IVI about the activities of, in Germany LABS network and IIC test bed with a slightly different part of, until now did so did not I have you quite understand, this time IVI and the whole scheme of activities They seemed to have a good understanding of the flow of construction and implementation of business scenarios starting from the troubles of the field, and to be able to evaluate their concreteness and effectiveness very much.

      In the future, METI and RRI under the leadership of, 10 of May CEATEC JAPAN , next year 3 of the March CeBIT at the time of going back and forth to each other, etc., that they want to deepen further specific discussion, IVI as He responded that he wanted to expand the international network while doing as much as possible.

      From left : Mr. Saleck , IVI President Nishioka, Executive Director Banthien , Mr. Siedentopp

  • Announcements

    Recruitment for IVI Platform 2016 started (First published in Japanese in September, 2016)

    The recruitment guidance for the IVI platform has been completed. It will start accepting on September 12.

    Primary recruiting deadline: September 30, 2016

    Second deadline: October 31, 2016

    Application Requirements:

    Click here for frequently asked questions

      In the first year, IVI presented 20 business scenarios in line with the needs of the manufacturing industry, and implemented IT / IoT mechanisms to match them. In the second year of this year , more than 25 business scenarios have been proposed. In order to connect such data in the field, each component needs to partially publish their specifications, and the platformer must take part of the role of connecting those components on behalf of the user.

      Therefore, at IVI , IT / IoT technology members provide such components as a platform to refine technologies that are more actively connected through open IVI field trials, and at the same time, We want to support business development as a platform for the manufacturing industry that includes bottom-up elements such as on-site kaizen instead of top-down platforms.

     Please apply for IVI platform 2016.

     Download file contents

    1) Application guidelines (pamphlet)

    2) Recruitment information ( PPT )

    3) Platform-related rules

    4) Application form

    Click here for batch download

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