Sino-German Industrie 4.0 Sub-Working group develops standards
Developing standards for Industrie 4.0
The Sino-German Commission for Standardisation Cooperation Commission’s Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing (SWG I4.0) met on 13 July 2021. Its main goal is the joint development of standards in the field of Industrie 4.0. It also aims to expand cooperation in international standardisation organisations, such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Around 100 participants from ministries, industry and research institutions joined SWG I4.0's 11th meeting. At the hybrid conference, they discussed topics such as digital twin/management shell, IT security, network communication and edge computing. Likewise, the technical expert groups (TEGs) discussed artificial intelligence (AI) in industrial applications, functional safety, predictive maintenance and use cases.
Successes and current projects of the working groups
Representatives of the seven TEGs presented shared achievements since the last plenary meeting in October 2020. In this period, the TEGs have met 26 times at technical working level. The result of the increasing number of meetings is a pipeline of working papers intended for publication this year: TEG Network Communication and Edge Computing (NetCom) is currently working on a joint paper on time-critical networking. TEG Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Applications (AIAI2M) is compiling a comprehensive list of Chinese and German standards on AI in Industrie 4.0.
The Steering Committee of SWG I4.0
The Sub-Working Group is chaired jointly by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie - BMWi), the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). On a technical level, the work is led by the German Standardisation Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI 4.0) and the Chinese National Intelligent Manufacturing Standardisation Administration Group (IMSG).
The 12th plenary session of SWG I4.0 is expected to be held in November 2021. The event will take place as part of the 9th Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Standardization Cooperation Commission (SGSCC).