GPQI Newsletter 2/2023
Global Project Quality Infrastructure Newsletter
03 May 2023
Welcome to the second issue of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) newsletter in 2023. This newsletter provides an overview of GPQI’s activities, upcoming events in the field of Quality Infrastructure (QI) and publications that GPQI has launched recently.
In this issue, we feature an interview with Amelie Leipprand, Senior Project Manager DIN Young Professionals at the German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. – DIN). She advocates for the modernisation of standardization and brings in a breath of fresh air – not only with her unusual career. After training at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart, she worked as an actress at various German theaters. Then she switched paths and completed a degree in engineering at Technische Universität Dresden, which led her to DIN. Her perspective is: Standards can make the world a better place. They provide the leverage for widespread application. Developing rules together is a highly democratic process. Thus, carrying this knowledge into the world has been her mission ever since.
Learn more with her podcast in your favorite podcast app or here: https://soundcloud.com/dinyp/sets/human-beings-are-not-ants
Take a look at our latest news and find out about the QI developments in our partner countries. We look forward to your feedback: Please contact us if you have any thoughts or suggestions for this newsletter.
Let’s shape the future of QI together!
1. Three questions for...
2. News from our partner countries
1. THREE QUESTIONS FOR... Amelie Leipprand, Senior Project Manager DIN Young Professionals at the German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. – DIN)
Why is standardization important – both nationally and internationally?
Standardization is more than just “making everything the same” – or rather, it’s something completely different. Standardization is the process of developing the content of the standards. Experts come together and co-create which requirements must be met so that all can live with the developed standards. This does not only include big industry or producers but all points of view. Standards form a basis for economy and trade, both nationally and internationally. They define quality requirements and are the basis for QI. Thus, it’s super important to harmonise them internationally. It saves a lot of resources including money to follow harmonised requirements and, many decisions in one country have an impact on other countries. Through standardization, representatives of those countries can talk to each other and find solutions that work for both.
Which role do women* play in standardization?
Women* are of course an important voice in standardization. We make up half of the global population – so we should also be half represented in standardization bodies. But we are not. Interestingly, not only “typically male” framed contexts like classical engineering topics but also “typically female” framed ones - like HR - are male dominated. That’s why I’m very grateful for projects like MUjeres del Sistema de Infraestructura de la CAlidad (MUSICA) in Mexico that raise awareness to this situation and help to change it. Recently, GPQI and MUSICA organised a panel discussion on women’s* role in QI. Networking and knowledge exchange are the first steps towards change.
What can be done to get more young people, and especially women*, involved in standardization?
Many standardization topics are male framed subjects like engineering, IT, generally STEM subjects. There are already many projects in place, trying to attract girls* and women* in STEM subjects. We should start framing STEM subjects for all genders and show the broad range of topics within standardization. I am a mechanical engineer at DIN. I organise, I talk and finally, I help to reach a consensus. If we could show, there are diverse jobs waiting for engineers, not only in construction but also in fields like standardization, maybe we could attract more women*. Also, it is the organisation of standardization that should be more women*-friendly. For example, due to family obligations many women* work part-time – it is difficult for them to travel to international Technical Commitee meetings. Short-term web meetings would be more inclusive.
2. NEWS FROM OUR PARTNER COUNTRIES
WOMEN* IN QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE: IMPRESSIONS FROM GERMANY AND MEXICO
f.l.t.r. Maribel López (ema), Viviana Fernández (IMNC), Vera Moser (GPQI), Amelie Leipprand (DIN), and Lilia de Diego (GPQI). © MUSICA
GERMAN DELEGATION MEETS WITH PARTNERS IN BRAZIL
Representatives from BMWK, MDIC, VDE, FIEMG and GPQI at the GPL Demonstrator technical visit. © GPQI-GIZ
ANNUAL MEETING BETWEEN BMWK, GACC AND SHENZEN CUSTOMS
© tirachardz / freepik
QUICK GUIDE - GLOBAL PRODUCTION LANGUAGE AND INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SECURITY
Cover of the publication. © Oliver Hick-Schulz / GPQI-GIZ
The transition to Industrie 4.0 is often perceived as a huge challenge, particularly for companies with low resources. Retrofitting 4.0, the process which makes existing equipment and software able to adopt Industrie 4.0 technology, may be the low-cost solution. In fact, most of the global lighthouse projects for Industrie 4.0 were created by transforming pre-existing operations (brownfield). Furthermore, adoption of Industrie 4.0 technologies can streamline tasks performed by humans. This opens up opportunities for upskilling and reskilling employees in readiness for better, more human-friendly tasks.
The "Quick Guide - Global Production Language and Industrial Automation Security" highlights four crucial elements that are relevant to small and medium-sized industrial enterprises making the successful transition to Industrie 4.0 in the Indonesian context.
You can read and download it here.
FACTSHEETS: GLOBAL PROJECT QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Cover pages of the publications. (From left to right) © GPQI-GIZ © Creativa Images / Shutterstock © Rafael / Adobe Stock © Surasek / Shutterstock © daizuoxin / Shutterstock
Over recent years, economic ties between Germany and its partner countries have intensified. It has therefore become increasingly important to facilitate well-functioning trade to safeguard both the quality and safety of the products traded.
Now available on the website: Factsheets about GPQI in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico. You can read and download the factsheets here.
WHITE PAPER: QI FOR ELECTROMOBILITY – CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE, BATTERY SAFETY AND DISPOSAL
Cover of the publication. © Oliver Hick-Schulz / GPQI - GIZ
For both Germany and Mexico, the automotive industry is one of the most important economic sectors. As sales of electric vehicles continue to grow and technologies advance, ensuring product quality and safety through a robust and internationally harmonised QI system is essential for a successful transition to electromobility.
The white paper “Quality Infrastructure for Electromobility – Charging Infrastructure, battery safety and disposal” presents applicable standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment schemes in Mexico, Germany, the European Union (EU), the United States (US) and at the international level.
You can read and download it here.
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