Proposal1 "Connected factories"

3. Manufacturing industry collaboration models and standardization issues (First published in Japanese in June, 2014)

 In order to realize “Connected factories”, it is indispensable to standardize manufacturing beyond the companies. In particular, when conducting business collaboration or manufacturing process collaboration using the Internet , It is necessary to have discussions in advance on what level and what data should be connected as ICT, and what should be connected based on a standard model.

 IEC 62264 is an international standard for models that integrate FA (factory automation), information control systems, and management systems in this field. As shown in FIG. 1, the entire manufacturing system is defined by dividing into level 1 to level 4 here. At what level does “connected factories” connect to other factories or outside ?

 Let’s divide the collaboration into three types: intra-company vertical cooperation, intra-company horizontal cooperation, and inter-companies cooperation at first. Intra-company horizontal collaboration at Level 1 and Level 2 is largely based on ICT at present, and many standards including international standards are being carried out in this area. In addition, in level 4 business management, business linkage is achieved by an information system such as ERP, and data linkage such as EDI is also realized between companies.

 With the above discussion, a new challenge with “Connected factories” will be vertical collaboration of the site management that connects the top and the bottom at level 3, enterprise horizontal cooperation, and business-to-business cooperation in the field management level. The manufacturing sites in the factory, for the manufacturing industry, can be positioned as showcases by eliminating wastes thoroughly through 5S and KAIZEN activities. However, the manufacturing sites are the most difficult objects to be standardized actually, because various information is exchanged there.

 The strengths of manufacturing sites in Japan include engineering skills such as production technology and production preparation. In Europe and the United States, such engineering and manufacturing operations are completely divided by engineers, and so-called balancing technology at the manufacturing site cannot be established. On the other hand, there is a culture in Japan with which process design and production technology are tailored to the characteristics of each site and are built together with the site. It is highly likely that a new leap will be triggered by using ICT effectively on manufacturing sites as functional centers to link processes in the engineering chain such as design, manufacturing, and maintenance.

Proposal1 "Connected factories"

4. Collaboration platform and ICT utilization (First published in Japanese in June, 2014)

 Along with the terms, such as cyber-physical system (CPS ) and Internet of Things ( IoT ), have become common, equipment and devices send data by themselves, and the flow of people, goods, money, and information tend to be collected as data on the network. However, what should not be mistaken here is that the reality that can be grasped through the Internet as data in this way is only a part of the reality that we want to know.

 In other words, we always need to keep the relationship between the virtual world that can be realized on ICT and the real world that corresponds to the actual manufacturing sites and the corporate activities. It is necessary to make decisions in the real world with adding information taken in the real world to ICT information. ICT is a only tool that complements realistic decision making. Considering these points, the requirements for a cooperative platform to realize a “connected factories” are summarized below.

(1) On-site / actual / reality-based ICT

 As already mentioned, the collaborative platform makes it possible to handle real things and people as they are, and avoid excessive digitization and ICT. This will prevent technology outflow, foster economic effects by moving people and things, and develop craftsmanship skills and tacit knowledge.

(2) Realization of open & close strategy

 Promote thorough openness and standardization of the internal structure of the current factories and develop an ecosystem. On the other hand, the manufacturing know-how inside the production line, which is in a competitive area, is concealed by the open & close strategy, and the manufacturing process can be converted to a black box.

(3) Guarantee of fair and secure cooperation by external organizations

 Clarify the rights and responsibilities of intellectual properties of manufacturing processes, such as modification of prototype drawings and mass production drawings, and determination of manufacturing methods and processing conditions. By enabling tracking by third parties, it promotes fair competition for technology development and at the same time clarifies product liabilities.

(4) Global deployment and support for international transactions

 Corresponding to a globalized and borderless trading environment, the countries and regions of participating platforms are not limited. Reduce and support the business burden of trading companies on exchange issues, customs clearance issues, intellectual property and legal issues, etc. that occur when manufacturing process collaboration is realized across borders.


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.


The 2nd IIC & IVI joint use cases sharing seminar was held.

IIC(The Industrial Internet Consortium) and IVI(Industrial Value Chain Initiative) established for the realization of Industrial IoT (IIoT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Hannover City in Germany in 2017. Based on this agreementthe second IIC & IVI joint use case sharing seminar was held in Japan.

WHEN: Friday, June 1, 2018 13: 15 ~ 17: 00
WHERE: Tokyo Big Site 1st Floor / Reception Hall A (held at the site of Smart Factory Japan 2018)

The event attracted over 300 attendees not only members of IIC and IVI, but also non-members.

We shared activity contents of the testbed and use cases from IIC and IVI.

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The 2nd IIC & IVI joint workshop – sharing use case information

On April 26, 2017, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Industrial Valuechain Initiative (IVI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Hannover City in Germany. Based on this agreement, we have decided to hold a 2nd time joint workshop to share use case information with IIC and IVI. Not only IIC & IVI members also non-members can participate in this event.

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Friday, June 1st, 2018 13:15 ~ 17:20 (reception start 13:00)

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Tokyo Big Sight Conference Building / Reception Hall A

<Capacity> 420

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Please send us your name, affiliation, name, e-mail address by e-mail to the following e-mail address.
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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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