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    IVI Letter Vol.4(English)(2016/06/08)

    IVI’s speech at Hannover Messe (Hannover, April 28)

    The Hannover Messe, also known as the Hanover Fair, is said to be the world’s largest industry fair, as many cutting-edge industrial technologies and products are presented at the event.  This year’s fair was held at the Hanover Fairground in Germany on April 25 (Monday) to 29 (Friday), 2016, reportedly drawing 190,000 people from across the world.
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    IVI Letter Vol.3(English)(2016/04/05)

    Report of the IVI Spring Symposium 2016

    It was still chilly in Tokyo on March 10 when the symposium was held. Receptionists were very busy to receive 450 participants. Pepper, the very special IVI member, also welcomed the participants and softened their heart.

    ■ Opening speech by Mr Kasutani, METI

    Mr. Toshihide Kasutani, Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, opened the symposium by a guest speech titled “Dealing with the fourth industrial revolution.”


    Mr. Toshihide Kasutani,Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

    ■ IoT is not just for large enterprises!

    Mr. Kasutani pointed out that political responses in Japan included a programme “Support of SMEs for introduction of the IoT”, and encouraged the audience to be active in this field.

    Naturally, in IVI there is a workgroup “Connected small factories” (WG 306). At the symposium, it has been made clear that IoT is not too cumbersome to implement, and can be utilized by organizations other than large enterprises, taking the right approach.

    In fact, SMEs have more restrictions than large enterprises. However, IVI is expected to create an IoT model which would make a difference especially for environments with limited resources.

    ■ What is important in the first place is a connection of people

    Different workgroups presented their outcome and findings. Many projects not only were novel by their scope, but also were a first time for many companies to work together, as all projects were having mixed participation from sometimes even competing enterprises.



    The presentation of most workgroups ended with a photo of the workgroup’s celebration party. A speaker said a remarkable comment, “Connection of people is as important as the connection of data.”, and similar notes were mentioned by other speakers.  Data sharing may not be effectively realized without communication.  Communication should thus be the first step for “Connectivity.” And the increased cross-communication was clearly felt a one of the outcomes of IVI activities since its inception.

    ■Feedback from questionnaire

    Participants have been asked to fill in a questionnaire before leaving the symposium. Here is some feedback.

    To the question “What is an important issue for manufacturing business regarding the IoT?”, many cited a speedy response by the top management, cost-effectiveness in dealing with the IoT, creation of a business model, shortage of IT engineers/in-house human resources/knowledge, and ensuring of security.

    To the question asking for “comments on the content of WGs’ presentation and the results of demonstration experiments,” many mentioned easy-to-understand presentation with animation, practical acts (demonstration experiment) instead of a mere theory, and expectation for continuous activities. It was a delight that our activities were highly recognized at this symposium.

    To the question asking for “any contributions your organization would be able to make for IVI,” many positive answers were given including: standardization of infrastructure, platform, BOP model, etc.; support for dissemination of the idea and method of IVI throughout Japan; and participation in WGs.

    To the question asking for “comments or requests for the existing and future activities of IVI,” several answers were given including: “I hope your growth. Let’s do our best,” “I will participate in your activity,” “I expect that loose standards will be made concrete and published soon,” and “I hope your activity will lead to feedback to SMEs and a utilization system within them.”

    ■ Conclusion

    Many visited the symposium and became aware of the activities of IVI. They also expressed their support through the questionnaire.  We hope that our activities will become known to more people through this kind of symposium and other opportunities.

    Reporter: Fumiko Kawagishi

    Procedures for “Connectivity” using loose standards

    IVI has been working on the development of loose standards in Standard Model Committee, along with the tasks of Business Scenario Workgroups. Reference of activities, information and things has been in preparation to be used when making business scenario.


    The presentation described the procedure for the development of business scenario, and introduced the activities conducted in response to business scenario by Activity Reference Model WG, Information Reference Model WG, Thing/Object Reference Model WG and Data Reference Model WG.


    Mr. Shinichiro Chino, Mitsubishi Electric,Standard Model Committee

    Activity report of 20 WGs

    The activity reports of the Business Scenario WGs were displayed at the foyer in front of the lecture hall.

    ■ Session 1: Advanced quality assurance by connecting data – Toward 0 failure production

    The WGs belonging to this area have been trying to link the network of connected factory between equipment, enterprises in a value chain, and enterprises across different value chains. Demonstration experiments made by WGs have shown that various kinds of operational loss could be reduced and that speedy control of a supply chain would be realized. The workgroups covered the following topics:

    101 Cloud enabled monitoring platform for global distributed   factories.
    402 Global knowledge network for call centers for after service
    306 One-stop portal and collaborative quotation management by
    connected SMEs
    309 Cyber physical production and logistics systems with common
    310 Risk management by connected production information in global SCM


    Mr.Yasutaka Koga, Toshiba, Session navigator

    ■ Session 2: Emerging technologies for production line management by IoT

    The WGs of this area have made efforts to operate a production line efficiently by effective use of the production data based on the IoT or the cloud environment. The report includes the result of demonstration experiment on data collection of production equipment, monitoring of life, fault prediction, and operational simulation for recovery from a trouble. The workgroups were:

    105 Interoperable life cycle management for equipment and production line
    106-2a Real-time sensor data analysis by connectable
    multi-vendor network
    106-3 Cloud based simple monitoring scalable for legacy production
    106-2b Preventive maintenance by data pattern recognition and
    106-1 Dynamic production optimization by simulation integrated CPPS


    Mr.Hirokazu Kominami, Panasonic, Session navigator

    ■ Session 3: Platform connecting design, manufacturing and customers

    The WGs represented in this session aim to construct a platform where the processes making up the whole value chain will be dynamically connected each other. The report includes efforts for changing information and BOP connecting manufacturing and design, MES and supplier linkage connected to procurement, and solution of custom specifications connecting to customers. The workgroups were:

    208 Knowledge of bill of production process for E-BOM to M-BOM
    108-3 Cyber dashboard for design and engineering of unexpected design change
    403 Mass-customization for end users directory connected to factories
    207 Agent based location free manufacturing in dynamic supply chain
    108-2 Communication robot for autonomous MES connected between factories


    Mr.Tomohiko Maeda, Fujitsu, Session navigator

    ■ Session 4: New era of Human centric manufacturing by IoT
    Regarding the Connected Factory, one of the IVI’s themes, cooperation of operation including human resources has been actively debated. In the session 4, the flow of manufacturing and the flow of operation will be connected, from a worksite-oriented, human resources-centered perspective.  The report includes our efforts to innovate operations of line workers, managers, maintenance staff, quality assurance, and production technology. The workgroups in this session were:

    204 Robotics line building for SMEs using cloud knowledge database
    108-1 Proactive machine communicating with workers in IoT environment
    201 Advanced quality assurance by connecting data – Toward 0 failure production
    211 New workers’ standard in human/machine co-operative factories
    109 Remote service of production engineering by bill of process


    Mr.Osamu Horimizu, Hitachi, Session navigator

    The activity report of 20 workgroups will be printed in a brochure. It may be given to non-IVI members who need it, if any, at the actual cost of printing.

    The brochure will be released in June. Its distribution will be announced on the IVI Newsletter.



    Poster session of Business Scenario WGs


    The third issue of IVI Newsletter, featuring the symposium held on March 10, has been prepared and distributed so that those who could not participate in the symposium would also be able to share its content and to expand the circle of IVI activities.

    Updates of Germany

    Dr. Axel H. Saleck, an academic member of IVI living in Germany, introduced updates on Industrie 4.0 from Germany ― motivation, environment, status and trends of Industrie 4.0 ― in a joint session with Mr. Kawano from Beckhoff.

    The progress of I4.0, the 2025 vision “Smart Service Welt” , the recent announcement of cooperation between Industrie 4.0 and IIC towards standardization and others were presented.


    Dr. Axel H. Saleck



    Mr. Toshimitsu Kawano, Beckhoff

    IVI’s future task, “IVI Platform Development”

    The symposium was concluded by IVI President Yasuyuki Nishioka who spoke about the near-future plan of IVI platform development.

    This platform is a system to align related operations and to exchange/transmit necessary data.

    In addition, the idea of local seminars/workshops throughout the country was mentioned.


    President Yasuyuki Nishioka


    Conference on HANNOVER MESSE 2016

    IVI President Yasuyuki Nishioka will be a speaker at the HANNOVER MESSE 2016, as part of the Forum “Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet”.

    His speech titled “Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI) – A Japanese contribution to smart manufacturing” will be held on Apr. 28th, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Hall 8, Stand D19.

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    From the Editors

    This third issue of IVI Newsletter, featuring the symposium held on March 10,  has been prepared so that those who could not participate in the symposium would also be able to share its content and to expand the circle of IVI activities.

    We hope to serve your interest with this newsletter.

    【IVI Publication Committee】
    IVI Newsletter Editor’s Group

  • Announcements

    Visit of Dr Johannes Winter and Dr Alexander Werbik (acatech, Germany)

    On February 19th, Dr Johannes Winter, head of Programme Area “Technologies” at the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech / Germany), and Dr Alexander Werbik, project coordinator of the project “Industrie 4.0 Global” at acatech, visited the head of the Industrial Value Chain Initiative, Prof. Nishioka, at his office in Hosei University, Tokyo. Reason was the interest from German side to understand the perception and status of Industrie 4.0 in Japan first-hand. The findings serve as input to a study covering the world’s leading countries. Taking advantage of the occasion, possibilities of a closer collaboration between Japan and Germany in the area have also been discussed.

    Dr Winter, Dr Werbik, and Prof Nishioka in discussion at Hosei University, Tokyo. (Photo: Axel Saleck)

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    IVI Letter Vol.2(English)(2016/02/24)

    Topics from activities of business scenario working groups

    In this newsletter, WG105 “Equipment Life Cycle Management” is introduced. Mr Yoshihiko Watanabe of Yazaki Parts Co., the facilitator of this group, was interviewed.

    Mr Yoshihiko Watanabe

    ■About the aim of the working group and expected outcome

    Working Group (WG) 105 is headed by Yazaki Parts Co., which manufactures various auto components such as wiring harnesses and connectors.  The subject of WG105 discussions is also one of the most important issues for the manufacturing industry.  WG105 is now making efforts to promote the “equipment life cycle management,” which will help establish the optimal way to control all production phases from the introduction of facilities to their disposal (the introduction phase, growth phase, maturity phase, decline phase and disposal), so that manufacturers can improve the total cost performance throughout their products’ life.

    Under the current situation, “operators” that use the equipment, “process designers” that design production processes using the facilities, “equipment manufacturers” and “facility maintenance firms” are working separately from each other.  Because of that, the facilities occasionally break down earlier than their expected life span.  Even regarding anticipated problems, if information is not properly shared, the equipment sometimes has to be suspended due to those issues.  Problems could also occur in association with design specifications for production processes and in relation to uses that are not expected by equipment manufacturers.  By sharing unorganized information and promoting the “equipment life cycle management” to control the entire product flow, companies will become able to monitor the facility life span in real time.

    ■Reference model and to-be with leveraging IoT

    Manufacturers can control the following three activities if deploying general administrators to “manage the equipment life cycle.”

    • Gather and manage information on the equipment life cycle
    • Analyze and estimate the equipment life cycle
    • Make proposals on the equipment life span

    “Data on the life span of facilities is traditionally closed and fragmented” in each company (BEFORE IMPROVEMENT).  But if connecting and sharing information that facility “operators,” “process designers,” “equipment manufacturers” and “facility maintenance firms” separately have (AFTER IMPROVEMENT), “the information on the equipment life span will be combined in and outside the companies and the equipment life cycle will become able to be managed in an integrated manner.”

    ■Challenges and topics of activities

    We conduct verification tests by analyzing data gathered on all the equipment.  We need to collect and analyze various long-term information ranging from operation data for equipment to information about the degradation of consumables, the vibrations and the external appearance of facilities (such as stains).  And it is impossible to gather a sufficient amount of data in a limited period of time.  One of the difficulties that we are facing in conducting verification tests is how to compensate for the lack of information.  In addition to those efforts, as part of the working group activity, we are also considering “visualization” methods and means to show the results of data analysis in a way that everyone can understand the findings easily.

    ■Further activities (and PoC) and requests for support

    As for future plans, we are also to conduct verification tests at plants that will be subject to improvement so that we can assess the equipment life span.  At least during this fiscal year ending in March 2016 (fiscal 2015), we have to carry out investigations under limited conditions based on data gathered in a limited period of time.  The more data for verification tests we have, the more accurately we can evaluate the equipment life span.  So we are now engaged in a wide range of efforts so that companies that have such information (or firms that can gather those data) will join and support our activities.

    If the equipment life cycle can be monitored in real time, the following three advantages can be obtained: “the life of facilities can be prolonged”; “the life span of production processes can be assessed”; and “equipment costs compared with the life of facilities can be estimated.”  Those advantages would significantly help reduce the downtime to zero and slash product costs arising from equipment-related matters.



    IVI discussion

    Interviewer: Keiichiro Nabeno

    Selection of products and services to support infrastructure facilities

    The IVI has Selected wide range of products and services in the following four categories so that we can conduct verification tests without relying on the platforms.  The four categories are as follows: the Internet of Things (IoT); tools used on production sites (to retrieve data); communications services (to transmit data); cloud management (to relay data); and data conversion tools (to convert data).

    Twenty-six products and services have been selected from among more than 40 applications we received.

    The adopted products and services will be used for verification tests of the working groups and on other occasions.

    (1)the Internet of Things (IoT) tools used on production sites (to retrieve data)

    No. Product, service Providing company
    1 The smart camera SC+A ICT I-Cube Technology co.,ltd.
    2 Wireless Data Acquisition System WD PATLITE
    3  DataHub(iBRESS) Puerto Co., Ltd.
    4 RT-TraceableController Micronet Company
    6  ExcelMonitor Puerto Co., Ltd.
    7  Marimba M3 / ESP Dragon FIM/Wireless current sensor CiMX Co. Ltd./Avenir, Inc./Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.
    9  Facteye Computer Engineering & Consulting, Ltd.

    (2)communications services (to transmit data)

    No Product, service Providing company
    1  SpreadRouter NST GLOBALISTINC
    3 DeviceXPlorer OPC Server
    DeviceXPlorer Data Logger

    (3)cloud management (to relay data)

    No Product, service Providing company
    2 Logistics Visualization System Toshiba Logistics Corporation
    3  IFS for MES NEC Corporation
    4  NEC Cloud IaaS for Industrial IoT NEC Corporation
    5  kintone Cybozu, Inc.

    (4)data conversion tools (to convert data)

    No Product, service Providing company
    2  Eco Chang GLOBALWISE CO.,LTD
    4  Contexer ApstoWeb Ltd.
    5  MCFrame PLM / EM-Bridge Toyo Business Engineering Corporation. (B-EN-G)
    6 DataSpider Servista APPRESSO K.K
    7 PLM Solution “Obbligato for SaaS” NEC Corporation
    8  FTCP Remote Desktop Fujitsu Limited

    The IVI public symposium 2016 – Spring -Open the future of Japan’s manufacturing industry

    It is important to us to report on the findings of verification tests and the activities of our 20 business scenario working groups, as well as other efforts that we made over the six or so months.  For that purpose,

    “The IVI public symposium 2016 – Spring - Open the future of Japan’s manufacturing industry”

    will be held on March 10th at the TORANOMON HILLS(Tokyo).

    It is an open event – also non-IVI members are welcome to attend the symposium.

    We recommend you do not miss this great opportunity.  We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!  And if you can’t come, you still can find some information on this website after the event.

    Robot revolution International Symposium in Tokyo

    IVI President Yasuyuki Nishioka participated in a panel discussion in at the Robot revolution International Symposium held by the Robot Revolution Initiative in Japan on Feb 15.

    International Symposium held by the Robot Revolution Initiative in Japan on Feb 15.

    He was moderator of the panel discussion about“Collaboration for Manufacturing Business Reformation by IoT”. At the panel discussion, Mr Kiyoshi Mizukami, Robot Revolution Initiative C0-Chief, Mr Masayuki Yamamoto, Robot Revolution Initiative C0-Chief, Mr Kazunori Iwasa, Member of Industrial Internet Consortium, Mr. Jeff G Fedders, Director Industrial Internet Consortium, Mr. Henning Banthien, Secretary General Plattform Industrie 4.0, and Mr. Heinrich Munz, Deputy Chairman of the Working Group 1 of the Plattform Industrie 4.0.

    It was expressed that they would be able to work together in the field of IoT manufacturing industry   looking to the future.


    Mr Kiyoshi Mizukami (The Robot revolution Initiative C0-Chief, Hitachi, Ltd.),Prof Nishioka (IVI), Mr. Jeff G Fedders(Director of Industrial Internet Consortium),Mr. Henning Banthien(Secretary General Plattform Industrie 4.0),Mr Kazunori Iwasa(Member of Industrial Internet Consortium,Fujitsu Limited), Mr. Heinrich Munz(Lead Architect Industry 4.0, KUKA),Mr Masayuki Yamamoto(The Robot revolution Initiative C0-Chief , Mitsubishi Electric Corporation)

    Hatsuko Kouroku


    From the Editors

    From now, on, we will publish this IVI newsletter regularily also in English, in response to an increasing interest of an international audience.

    We hope to serve your interest with this newsletter.

    【IVI Publication Committee】
    IVI Newsletter Editor’s Group

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    IVI Letter Vol.1(English)(2016/01/16)

     New year greetings

    A belated happy new year! 2016 is the memorial first year of “Connected Factory.” When IVI was launched in June last year, Industrie 4.0 in Germany and IIC in the US were mentioned everywhere by everybody, while from Japan, no comparable contribution was discussed in the global arena. Now, IVI is working on contributions out of Japan. Our approach to connected digital manufacturing pays tribute to the advancements that Japan has already made to date, while at the same time exploring where changes are needed moving forward, in a global picture. The biggest difference from last year is that we have a clearer picture about the way forward – we understand more about what should be changed and what should be kept.
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